After a 30-year absence, this Program aims to 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) operating at a maximum speed of 79 mph from Chicago to the Quad Cities with stations at intermediate locations.
The service corridor is located entirely within the State of Illinois on track owned by BNSF Railway (BNSF) and the Iowa Interstate Railroad (IAIS) between Chicago, IL, and Moline, IL. Generally, the rail between Chicago and Wyanet is owned by BNSF, and the rail between Wyanet and Moline is owned by IAIS. 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. IDOT is working in partnership with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and the railroad stakeholders, BNSF Railway (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. IDOT is seeking an amendment to the Federal grant to extend the grant period through 2019.
Program activities include a plan to design and construct a station in Geneseo, IL. The City of Moline is building a new multi-modal facility in conjunction with this Program using grant funds received by the City.
The Chicago to Quad Cities Service Development Program began with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analyses. The anticipated completion date of the NEPA study and Preliminary Engineering is anticipated to be Spring 2019.
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