Lawmakers discuss the latest developments for Stateline passenger rail

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ROCKFORD, Ill. (WIFR) -- Local lawmakers are paying close attention to the latest developments in bringing passenger rail to the Stateline.

State senators Steve Stadelman (D-34th District) and Dave Syverson (D-35th District) and representatives Joe Sosnowski (D-69th District) and Maurice West (D-67th District) led Friday afternoon's passenger rail workshop at Giovanni's.

The panel discussed recent history of passenger rail, service options and pricing as part of the steps to bring passenger rail back to Boone and Winnebago counties.

"The area came pretty close more than four years ago," said Amtrak spokesperson Marc Magliari."It's time to take another look at what was decided four years ago to still see if that's the right decision and to see if that's the best way or if there's a new or better way to do it. And we'll be Rockford and Winnebago and Boone Counties' partner in working through these options."

Magliari says there are different federal grant programs available and a different willingness in state government now than there was four years when passenger rail was first a possibility.