Illinois Congress members support push for Amtrak in Quad Cities

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MOLINE, Ill. (WIFR) -- 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 here​.