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Study Description

This project determined the most viable markets for commuter rail service along the inner (IHB/BRC) and outer (EJE) circumferential rail corridors for the proposed Metra STAR line, a line that would connect suburb to suburb instead of travel in and out of downtown Chicago. The segments identified will be advanced in the planning process through more detailed analysis in the future.

Program:Community Planning
Program Year:2000
Project Type(s):Transit Improvement Plan
Current Activities:This project was completed, and a final report published in June 2005. After completing an Alternatives Analysis for the STAR Line in 2012, Metra chose not to continue to pursue the project due to a variety of factors.
Information Updated:June 2017
Study Documents
Inner Circumferential Commuter Rail Commuter Rail Service Land Use and Community Planning Study (April, 2003)
Outer Circumferential Commuter Rail Feasibility Study
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Counties:Cook, DuPage, Lake, Will
Municipalities:Aurora, Barrington, Barrington Hills, Bartlett, Beach Park, Bedford Park, Bellwood, Broadview, Brookfield, Chicago, Chicago Heights, Countryside, Crest Hill, Deer Park, Elgin, Ford Heights, Frankfort, Franklin Park, Green Oaks, Hawthorn Woods, Hodgkins, Hoffman Estates, Joliet, La Grange, La Grange Park, Lake Bluff, Lake Forest, Lake Zurich, Libertyville, Lockport, Long Grove, Lynwood, Matteson, Maywood, McCook, Melrose Park, Mettawa, Mokena, Mundelein, Naperville, New Lenox, North Barrington, North Chicago, Park Forest, Plainfield, Richton Park, River Grove, Sauk Village, South Barrington, South Chicago Heights, Stone Park, Streamwood, Summit, Vernon Hills, Warrenville, Waukegan, Wayne, West Chicago, Westchester
US Congressional Districts:1 Bobby Rush, 10 Brad Schneider, 11 Bill Foster, 14 Lauren Underwood, 2 Robin Kelly, 3 Dan Lipinski, 4 Chuy Garcia, 5 Mike Quigley, 6 Sean Casten, 7 Danny Davis, 8 Raja Krishnamoorthi
Illinois Senate Districts:1 Antonio Munoz, 10 Robert F. Martwick, 11 Celina Villanueva, 12 Steven M. Landek, 15 Napoleon Harris, III, 17 Elgie R. Sims, Jr., 19 Michael E. Hastings, 21 Laura Ellman, 22 Cristina Castro, 25 Jim Oberweis, 26 Dan McConchie, 29 Julie A. Morrison, 30 Terry Link, 39 Don Harmon, 4 Kimberly A. Lightford, 40 Patrick J. Joyce, 41 John F. Curran, 42 Linda Holmes, 43 Pat McGuire, 49 Jennifer Bertino-Tarrant
Illinois House Districts:1 Aaron Ortiz, 20 Bradley Stephens, 21 Edgar Gonzalez, Jr., 22 Michael J. Madigan, 23 Michael J. Zalewski, 24 Elizabeth Hernandez, 29 Thaddeus Jones, 33 Marcus C. Evans, Jr., 34 Nicholas K Smith, 37 Margo McDermed, 38 Debbie Meyers-Martin, 41 Grant Wehrli, 42 Amy Grant, 43 Anna Moeller, 44 Fred Crespo, 49 Karina Villa, 51 Mary Edly-Allen, 52 David McSweeney, 58 Bob Morgan, 59 Daniel Didech, 60 Rita Mayfield, 7 Emanuel Chris Welch, 77 Kathleen Willis, 78 Camille Y. Lilly, 8 La Shawn K. Ford, 80 Anthony DeLuca, 82 Jim Durkin, 84 Stephanie A. Kifowit, 85 John Connor, 86 Lawrence Walsh, Jr., 97 Mark Batinick, 98 Natalie A. Manley
County Board Districts:Cook 1, Cook 11, Cook 15, Cook 16, Cook 17, Cook 5, Cook 6, Cook 7, Cook 9, DuPage 5, DuPage 6, Lake 10, Lake 12, Lake 13, Lake 14, Lake 15, Lake 17, Lake 18, Lake 19, Lake 2, Lake 21, Lake 4, Lake 8, Lake 9, Will 11, Will 12, Will 13, Will 2, Will 5, Will 8, Will 9
Chicago Wards:13 Marty Quinn, 14 Edward M. Burke, 22 Mike Rodriguez, 23 Silvana Tabares, 38 Nicholas Sposato
Councils of Mayors:Central, Chicago, DuPage, Kane/Kendall, Lake, McHenry, North Central, Northwest, South, Southwest, Will
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