Progress Toward Passenger Rail For Rockford? Stay Tuned.

Apr 10, 2014

Governor Pat Quinn is expected to “make a major announcement” in Rockford this afternoon about rail service. He’s scheduled to speak at an intersection along South Main Street, an area often talked about as a site for passenger rail. 

Credit Amtrak P42 by JPMueller99 / Creative Commons

Plans for a Rockford-to-Chicago train route have been in the works for years: Rockford mayor Larry Morrissey mentioned an Amtrak route during his state of the city speech last night, but would not confirm the governor’s visit.

The Rockford Register Star reports the governor will alter the route of the long-delayed rail plans: the tracks would run further north, bypassing Genoa for Belvidere. Governor Quinn is scheduled to speak at 3:15 this afternoon, at the corner of South Main and Cedar Streets.