ILLINOIS PASSENGER RAIL

Connecting People in Illinois and Around the Country

CHICAGO TO QUAD CITIES

Overview

In 2011, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) initiated National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) activities and preliminary engineering for the Chicago to Quad Cities Service Development Program.

The Chicago to Quad Cities Corridor was once an integral component of the country’s passenger rail network and originally part of the Rock Island Railroad route network. In 1978, passenger service ceased between Chicago and the Quad Cities.  Therefore, the re-introduction of passenger rail in this part of Illinois is a key element for improving connectivity between major Midwest cities.