The Chicago to Dubuque project aims to restore Intercity Passenger Rail (IPR) service from Chicago to Rockford, by utilizing Metra & Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Improvements include: upgrading tracks, capacity improvements, a layover facility, a UP/Metra connection, bridge improvements, and new stations. IPR service will be provided by Amtrak, with future plans to extend service to Dubuque, Iowa.
This project received $223 Million from the Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program. Groundbreaking is expected to in October 2014, with one daily round trip anticipated to be running by the end of 2015, and two daily round trips anticipated to be running by the end of 2016.