Ground broken for new train depot in Dwight, Illinois

August 12, 2015

In about a year, Dwight residents and visitors will be making use of a new $3.77 million high-speed rail depot. The depot will be built at 401 S. Columbia St., a block away from the town’s historic depot, which will remain a museum. The new station will be open 24-hours per day, offering an 800-square-foot shelter and restrooms for travelers and a 25-space parking lot.

    The space currently looks like a pile of rubble due to the demolition of a pair of grain storage buildings and an office building still on the property. However, that didn’t stop Sen. Dick Durban, IDOT and Amtrak officials, representatives from Vissering Construction of Streator and Village of Dwight residents and village board members from hosting a groundbreaking ceremony Tuesday afternoon.

    “This is a great day for Dwight and for Illinois as we break ground for the first new station that will service the high-speed rail line from Chicago to St. Louis,” Dwight Village President Jared Anderson said.

    “This rail and new depot in Dwight are a key economic tool for sustainability and economic development and will remain a big economic driver for our area. Dwight and our surrounding communities benefit greatly from Illinois Amtrak service.”

    Since 2012, Amtrak said its Lincoln Service trains were operating at maximum speeds of 110 mph between Dwight and Pontiac as weather permitted. Anderson said since the time when the number of trains on the Chicago-St.Louis Corridor were increased in 2006, the ridership in Dwight has increased 65 percent, even with the loss of the Dwight Correctional Center.

You can read reporter Luke Smucker’s story in the Pontiac Daily Leader by clicking here.

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