ILLINOIS PASSENGER RAIL

Connecting People in Illinois and Around the Country

CHICAGO TO QUAD CITIES

Project Activities

Upcoming 

The project consists of three environmental documents prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act.  These documents include:

  • Categorical Exclusion (CE) for Chicago Union Station to Wyanet
  • CE for Wyanet Connection
  • Environmental Assessment (EA) for Wyanet to Moline

 As part of the EA for Wyanet to Moline, the team will:

  • Identify improvements to grade crossings to allow for 79 mph passenger rail service
  • Prepare preliminary engineering plans for the grade crossing improvements and present to the jurisdictional agencies for review
  • Identify track, signal, and communications improvements needed to support the proposed service
  • Prepare the EA document
  • Develop preliminary engineering plans and capital cost estimates for the proposed improvements
  • Develop operating and maintenance cost estimates for the proposed service
  • Host a series of public meetings
  • Evaluate the project for feasibility based on potential impacts to the environment, and capital, operating, and maintenance costs associated with implementing the proposed service
Accomplishments
  • October 2011: First round of public meetings held
  • November 2013: Eola Yard CE approved
  • April 2013: Grade crossing evaluations
  • May 2013: Existing conditions evaluations with Ground Penetrating Radar (GPR)
  • August 2017: Grade crossing inspections
  • August 2017: Bridge inspection of Wyanet-Moline portion of the corridor
  • September 2017: Track inspection of Wyanet-Moline portion of the corridor.
  • December 2017: Construction at Eola Yard is complete