Coming down the tracks
PRINCETON — The future of Amtrak and the possible expansion of the Chicago to Quad Cities line announced in 2010 is apparently still on track.
In the fall of 2010, a $230 million federal grant was awarded to Illinois and Iowa to establish a new Amtrak service between Chicago and Iowa City. The trains will run on a route beginning at Chicago’s Union Station and traveling on the BNSF Railway’s line to Wyanet, and then on the Iowa Interstate Railroad’s line from Wyanet to Iowa City.
In December, it was announced $177 million in funding was committed for the project, in addition to the $44.3 million the state had already secured for the $221 million project for construction to begin on the Chicago-Moline section of the passenger rail corridor.
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