Imagining future Amtrak possibilities in Du Quoin

December 14, 2013

Here’s a useful news story about community outreach by Amtrak at a smaller downline station on the Saluki/Illini corridor to Carbondale.  It features Derrick James,  longtime of Amtrak intergovernmental affairs.  Derrick is a great fellow – backgrounded, engaged and enlightened; he does great work for Amtrak.
— James E. Coston, Chairman, Corridor Capital LLC

[A] noon meeting [Thursday] between Mayor Rex Duncan and Derrick James, Amtrak’s director of intergovernmental affairs… began at the Du Quoin Amtrak station, then moved to the nearby Alongi’s restaurant… [was] about imagining the possibilities – renovation of the existing Amtrak station, construction of a new Amtrak station, making Du Quoin a bike trail destination… [and] seeking historic preservation funding to build a replica of the old Illinois Central train depot…

James said the Du Quoin Amtrak station is serviceable, but adds that it needs some Americans With Disabilities modifications, [and] suggested that Du Quoin think bigger in terms of a new station that could house both Amtrak and the chamber…

Read the full story by John H. Croessman in the Du Quoin Evening Call, December 13, 2013.

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