Illinois, IAIS reach Quad Cities “milestone”

August 5, 2014

The state of Illinois said Monday, Aug. 4, 2014 it and Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) had reached a “key milestone” in developing intercity passenger rail service linking Chicago and the Quad-Cities of Moline and East Moline, Ill., and Davenport and Bettendorf, Iowa.

The agreement will allow IAIS to begin signal system , as well as tie replacement and track upgrades, on 53 miles of right-of-way in Illinois between Wyadesign worknet and Moline. The Quad Cities routes stretches roughly 162 miles…

“This agreement is another significant milestone in re-establishing passenger service between two great Illinois cities,” acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren said in a statement…

The Quad Cities project also has been awarded $230 million in federal funding. Amtrak revenue service on the route initially was supposed to commence in 2013, but has been postponed…

Read the rest of the story in Railway Age, 5 August 2014.

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