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. This project was put on hold, and in spring 2017 was reinitiated.
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.
Following successful completion of the NEPA process, the project will move to the final design phase followed by construction.