After a 30-year absence, this Program will reinstate passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities. The service will consist of two round trips per day (i.e., four passenger trains per day) at 79 mph from Chicago to the Quad Cities and other intermediate locations.
The service corridor is located entirely within the State of Illinois on the BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS), between Chicago, IL, and Moline, IL. The total length of the service is approximately 160 miles. The proposed service will begin at Chicago Union Station and terminate at the new Moline Multimodal Station.
The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) serves as the lead agency for this work. They are working in conjunction with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the railroad companies, BNSF Railway Company (BNSF) and Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS).
On July 1, 2010, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Notice of Funding Availability for the High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) Program. IDOT, along with the Iowa Department of Transportation, were selected for an award of $222 million in Federal funding. Of this amount, IDOT received $177 million. Additional funding is provided by the State of Illinois through a state matching fund of $45 million, as part of the Illinois Jobs Now! Capital Program.
As part of the Program activities, a station will be designed and constructed at Geneseo, IL. The City of Moline will be building a new multi-modal facility in conjunction with this project using grant funds received by the City.
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