Region’s ‘Transportation System’ meeting set for Jan. 29

The Greater Rockford Transportation Coalition has scheduled a “State of The Region’s Transportation System” meeting for Thursday, Jan. 29, at 6:30 p.m. in the airport administration building’s auditorium.

State Rep. Chuck Jefferson will provide an update on the Tollway and other state-related issues.

Bob O’Brien will update us on the latest news at RFD.

Steve Ernst from R.A.T.S. will provide a summary of the current road projects.

Jim Ryan from the City of Rockford will provide a report on the status of the METRA Study and the freight rail consolidation study.

This meeting is the first GRTC meeting of the year, and the public is encouraged to attend. GRTC is currently soliciting new members who want to volunteer to work on projects ranging from the airport to passenger rail to the renovation of the South Main IC Depot.

Any mention prior to the date of the meeting would be appreciated. A large turnout will greatly enhance the region’s transportation projects for 2004.

GRTC was formed in 2001 as a non-partisan, non-political, not-for-profit organization to advocate for the development of regional transportation projects. GRTC has been active in the development of passenger service at RFD, has actively advocated against the construction of the south suburban airport at Peotone in lieu of the full growth of RFD, has proactively sought rail service for the region and provides a Web site at to keep citizens informed as to the status of transportation projects in the region.

For further information, please contact David Lindberg, president, GRTC, at 963-5520.

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