Local leaders discuss passenger rail, Eastern Bypass

By WEEK Reporter

March 4, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:26 AM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- Local leaders met Monday to discuss the future of Peoria.

The Tri-County Regional Planning Commission Meeting focused on improving transportation through out central Illinois.

The commission is pushing the development of the Eastern Bypass and passenger rail.

The Bypass would be a new highway connecting I-74 with Illinois Route 6, and the rail would connect Bloomington/Normal with Peoria.

The meeting gave the commission the chance to meet with legislators to discuss the budgeting aspect of these projects.

"This is something that we really look forward to. It's an opportunity to look at things from the past and take a look at what's going forward. We just continue to identify the needs of the community," Larry Whitaker, Chairman of the Commission said.

The commission also discussed their economic development strategy, "Focus Forward CI."

They are still in the first stage of a 6 year plan.

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