Train tracks are lying on the ground in Illinois, widely under utilized. Tuesday Amtrak put more trains on those tracks for the first time in two decades.
The focus is now turning to the places with no service, and the first place that comes to mind, is right here in Rockford.
Currently, a study is underway to see if bringing passenger service to Rockford Freeport and Galena is a good idea. The results should be released in late December or January.
Illinois has already agreed to double its funding for Amtrak next year to partially pay for the current expansion.
Mayor Morrissey says all levels of government need to keep this ball rolling because the time to act is well overdue.