East-west Amtrak corridor promoted in Illinois

April 8, 2014

SPRINGFIELD — The Quad-Cities could get a passenger rail line that heads east across Illinois if an Illinois House resolution goes forward.

In a non-binding resolution unanimously approved Monday, the House endorsed the development of an Amtrak route running between the Quad-Cities and Danville, with stops in Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington-Normal and Champaign-Urbana…The new route, which could be pieced together using existing tracks, would connect with the existing north-south Amtrak lines in Champaign and Normal…

No cost estimates for the east-west corridor were discussed Monday, but lawmakers are being asked to approve $42 million in subsidies next year to keep Amtrak service rolling between Chicago and St. Louis and Chicago and Carbondale.

The state pays $38 million annually for Amtrak service, up from $26 million the previous year…

Rest of the story in the Quad City Times, 7 April 2014

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