Illinois Congress members support push for Amtrak in Quad Cities
Several U.S. Congress members in Illinois have backed support for an Amtrak route between Chicago and Moline.
Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL), and Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), urged the U.S. Department of Transportation to issue an extension for federal funding of the proposed Amtrak route.
The proposal calls for $225 million in state funding as part of the state’s recently-passed capital bill.
In a letter to U.S. DOT secretary Elaine Chao, Durbin, Duckworth and Bustos say Molina has already converted a downtown warehouse into a transportation center that can be used as an Amtrak station.
By extending a deadline, the Congress members say the project will move forward with help from $177 million in funding, which was secured from Federal Railroad Administration in 2010.
You can read the full letter