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.