Amtrak

Illinois
6:39 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Future Plans Go Off The Tracks In Genoa

The previous Amtrak map for northwest Illinois

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.

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New Route and funding announced
4:51 am
Fri April 11, 2014

All Aboard? Rockford To Chicago Train On Track For Next Year

Governor Pat Quinn and Rockford Mayor Larry Morrissey congratulate each other over progress toward passenger rail service for Rockford. 4/10/14
Credit Susan Stephens / WNIJ

Rockford residents can look forward to taking a train into Chicago next year, after three decades without passenger rail service. 

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Transportation
6:35 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Wait Continues, But There's Still Hope For Amtrak Route

Amtrak is coming off a record year for ridership. 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.

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Transportation
6:38 am
Mon November 19, 2012

Freeport Views Passenger Rail as Opportunity

Guy Stephens

Amtrak is set to resume passenger service across northern Illinois from Chicago to Dubuque in 2014.  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.

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-Illinois
10:39 am
Mon July 9, 2012

Illinois Amtrak routes will get new bi-level cars

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.

“They're going to be bi-level cars,” Schneider said. “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.”

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Local
2:00 am
Wed January 18, 2012

A train station for Rockford by 2014

Governor Pat Quinn announces state money for a passenger train station in Rockford as Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann Schneider looks on. (Tinker Swiss Cottage, Rockford)
Susan Stephens WNIJ

 

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’s important to make sure northern Illinois is connected, especially Rockford.

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