Moline, Illinois may put local money into new train station

June 23, 2015

By Dawn Neuses, dneuses@qconline.com qconline.com

MOLINE — A budget stalemate in Springfield is causing Moline and Metrolink to step in with alternative funding to save the passenger rail station project.

Moline city administrator Lew Steinbrecher said the state informed the city it will not, at this time, provide the $2.5 million in matching funds it promised in 2010 to help build the $16.6 million station at 12th Street and 4th Avenue.

He said work needs to get underway or Moline could lose a $10 million federal TIGER II grant that expires Sept. 30, 2017.

Since taking office, Gov. Bruce Rauner has launched a review of all large capital projects that will use state funds, including the planned station and passenger rail route between Chicago and Moline.

State expenditures are frozen until the governor and General Assembly agree on a budget and capital program. It’s unknown when an agreement will be reached.

The full story from the Dispatch-Argus is available by clicking here.

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