Connecting People in Illinois and Around the Country


Project Study Team

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is the lead agency and is working in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) on 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 Office of Intermodal Project Implementation administers the rail service programs that supplement rail passenger service provided by Amtrak and that preserve rail freight service. This Office 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. FRA’s mission is to enable the safe, reliable, and efficient movement of people and goods for a strong America, now and in the future.  The FRA enforces rail safety regulations; administers railroad assistance programs; conducts research and development to improve railroad safety; and promotes national rail transportation policy.




Quandel Consultants

A program management team lead by Quandel Consultants has been supporting IDOT in the development, engineering/design, public involvement, and implementation of the Chicago to Quad Cities Passenger Rail Program. The Quandel team includes support from its subconsultants, including EJM Engineers, GSG Consultants, Inc., Images, Inc., Kaltsouni Mehdi, LLC, Mott MacDonald, LLC, Prairie Engineers of Illinois, PC, Program Management & Control Services, LLC.

Additional Project Partners

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