Moline, Illinois advances passenger rail station project with city money

June 24, 2015

MOLINE — Work on the passenger rail station should start soon, Moline city administrator Lew Steinbrecher said, after aldermen approved using city funds instead of waiting for state money.

The station, named The Q, will be on part of the first floor of a former warehouse at 12th Street and 4th Avenue. It will be the Quad-Cities hub for passenger rail service to and from Chicago.

Metrolink, which is coordinating construction and administering grant funds for the $16.6 million station, awarded the first construction bid in February. It has waited, however, for the Illinois Department of Transportation to concur with the contract and release $2.5 million in matching funds.

According to Mr. Steinbrecher, Illinois DOT officials have recently said they would concur with the bid and let the project advance, but won’t provide funds at this time.

Under an alternative funding approach, Moline will cover up to $875,000 out of the general fund contingency and Metrolink will contribute the rest — $1.625 million — from an allocation the state is giving it for the project from the Downstate Operating Fund.

 

Read the full story by Dawn Neuses of the Dispatch-Argus by clicking here.

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