Amtrak http://northernpublicradio.org en Future Plans Go Off The Tracks In Genoa http://northernpublicradio.org/post/future-plans-go-tracks-genoa <p></p><p>Several northern Illinois cities are eager for the return of passenger rail service across parts of the region. But one community is still absorbing the shock of being left out of the planned route. Tue, 15 Apr 2014 11:39:37 +0000 Mike Moen 46026 at http://northernpublicradio.org Future Plans Go Off The Tracks In Genoa All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year http://northernpublicradio.org/post/all-aboard-rockford-chicago-train-track-next-year <p>Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service.&nbsp;</p><p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 09:51:52 +0000 Susan Stephens 45852 at http://northernpublicradio.org All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route http://northernpublicradio.org/post/wait-continues-theres-still-hope-amtrak-route <p></p><p><a href="http://www.suntimes.com/business/23143381-420/amtrak-carries-record-number-of-passengers.html">Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership</a>. And it still hopes to re-establish service in northwest Illinois. That was supposed to happen near the end of this year. But supporters wonder if the project will get off the ground by then. Some also wonder if the new route will attract enough customers to sustain itself. Fri, 10 Jan 2014 12:35:53 +0000 Mike Moen 41569 at http://northernpublicradio.org Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route Freeport Views Passenger Rail as Opportunity http://northernpublicradio.org/post/freeport-views-passenger-rail-opportunity <p>Amtrak is set to resume passenger service across northern Illinois from Chicago to Dubuque in 2014.&nbsp; Cities along the route are building new stations to handle the new Blackhawk Line. Some in Freeport see a chance to create much more than just a stop on the route.</p><p> Mon, 19 Nov 2012 12:38:07 +0000 Guy Stephens 21546 at http://northernpublicradio.org Freeport Views Passenger Rail as Opportunity Illinois Amtrak routes will get new bi-level cars http://northernpublicradio.org/post/illinois-amtrak-routes-will-get-new-bi-level-cars <p>Illinois will acquire new rail cars for all of the in-state Amtrak routes. Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider said the new cars will address the increase in ridership experienced by the service for the past five or six years.</p><p>&ldquo;They&#39;re going to be bi-level cars,&rdquo; Schneider said. &ldquo;It allows us to transport more passengers on the same footprint, so it makes it more efficient and it gives us opportunity to expand service without having to add train sets.&rdquo;</p><p> Mon, 09 Jul 2012 15:39:41 +0000 WNIJ 14633 at http://northernpublicradio.org Illinois Amtrak routes will get new bi-level cars A train station for Rockford by 2014 http://northernpublicradio.org/post/train-station-rockford-2014 <p>&nbsp;</p><p>Construction is expected to begin later this year on a new passenger train station in downtown Rockford. Governor Pat Quinn announced the state was putting three million dollars toward the effort during a news conference at the historic Tinker Swiss Cottage Tuesday afternoon -- not far from where the station will be built. The governor said not only is it important to look at transportation needs all over the state, it&rsquo;s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.</p> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 08:00:58 +0000 Susan Stephens 5592 at http://northernpublicradio.org A train station for Rockford by 2014