Connecting People in Illinois and Around the Country


Project Study Team

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are the joint lead agencies for the Chicago to Quad Cities Service Development Program.

Illinois Department of Transportation

Within the State of Illinois, IDOT has responsibility for the planning, construction and maintenance of Illinois’ extensive transportation network, which includes, highways and bridges, airports, public transit, rail freight and rail passenger systems.

The Bureau of Passenger Rail Corridor Development administers the rail service programs that supplement rail passenger service provided by Amtrak and that preserve rail freight service. This Bureau is leading the overall project management for the development and implementation of the Chicago to Quad Cities Service Development Program.

Federal Railroad Administration

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is one of ten agencies within the U.S. Department of Transportation concerned with intermodal transportation. The FRA issues, implements, and enforces railroad safety regulations; provides for selective investment to develop the rail network across the country; and conducts research and technology development. The focus of the agency is to strategically maintain current rail services and infrastructure; to expand and improve the existing rail network; and to provide leadership in national and regional system planning and development.

Additional Project Partners

  • Amtrak
  • BNSF Railway Company (BNSF)
  • Iowa Interstate Railroad Ltd. (IAIS)
  • Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC)
  • Key representatives for communities and cities along the corridor