Webinar on Tuesday, October 20, 2020: Restoring Abandoned Railroad Lines II
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Webinar on Restoring Abandoned or Out-of-Service Railroad Lines for Passenger Service

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
6:00 to 7:10 p.m. Central


Photo Credit: Serpentine Light Rail by Jeffrey Beall licensed by CC BY-SA 2.0

Lakewood, Colorado, 2013. An abandoned Denver & Intermountain Ry. (interurban line) corridor was rebuilt for new Denver RTD W Line light rail.

Join the Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development and Forgotten Chicago us for our second and final webinar with DePaul University on the remarkable phenomenon of rail service being restored to cities through initiatives that involve reclaiming long-abandoned or out-of-service railroad lines. We’ll “travel” across the U.S. mainland to learn about initiatives that restored passenger service to cities that had had previously lost all forms of rail transportation.


Courtesy Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University

Left: Out-of-service tracks at the former Northwestern Pacific Station at San Rafael, California, circa 1998. Right: A diesel multi-unit train operated by Sonoma–Marin Area Rail Transit today.


The Former Monon corridor in Munster, Indiana. Courtesy Chaddick Institute for Metropolitan Development at DePaul University

Joanne Parker and Matt Stevens of the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District in San Rafael, CA will outline the successful efforts to restore an ex-Southern Pacific route in northern California. Joe Schwieterman, DePaul Professor, will review other prominent examples in the West, including Lakewood, CO; Folsom, and Santa Monica in California; as well as Herdon, VA; and Scituate in Massachusetts. As a bonus, we’ll also look at the South Shore Line, which is ready to reclaim an abandoned route through South Hammond and Munster, Indiana, shown above.

Check out Chaddick’s working paper with our custom map here.

Sponsors: Chaddick Institute at DePaul University and Forgotten Chicago

RSVP: This is a FREE event; see below for the full link. Please help us spread the word and be sure to check out our paper. Questions? Call 312.362-5731

To register click here.

We hope to see you at this virtual presentation!

Tuesday, October 20, 2020
6:00 to 7:10 p.m. Central

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