passenger rail http://tspr.org en Great Dome Car Part of Illinois Zephyr Line During November http://tspr.org/post/great-dome-car-part-illinois-zephyr-line-during-november <p>More than 100,000 people ride the Illinois Zephyr train line from Quincy to Chicago each year.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p><p> Tue, 12 Nov 2013 02:24:12 +0000 Jonathan Ahl 43638 at http://tspr.org Great Dome Car Part of Illinois Zephyr Line During November East-West Passenger Rail Proposed for Illinois http://tspr.org/post/east-west-passenger-rail-proposed-illinois <p>A group of Illinois lawmakers is encouraging the state to study the feasibility of an east-west passenger rail corridor.</p><p>The route -- by bus at first, with the hope to eventually move to trains – would run from the Quad Cities to Danville. It would include stops in Galesburg, Peoria, Bloomington, and Champaign. Thu, 23 May 2013 19:05:35 +0000 Brian Mackey 34306 at http://tspr.org East-West Passenger Rail Proposed for Illinois All On Board with Amtrak http://tspr.org/post/all-board-amtrak <p>Politicians in western Illinois want to make sure those in Washington DC know support for Amtrak reaches across the aisle and across the miles.</p><p>Republican State Representatives Norine Hammond and Don Moffitt, Democratic State Senator John Sullivan, and the mayors of four western Illinois communities (Galesburg, Monmouth, Macomb, and Quincy) gathered at the Galesburg train depot to urge Congress to continue funding for passenger rail.</p> Mon, 01 Oct 2012 23:34:17 +0000 Rich Egger 22369 at http://tspr.org All On Board with Amtrak New Look for Amtrak in Illinois http://tspr.org/post/new-look-amtrak-illinois <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.<br /><br />&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;<br /><br />All of the seating on current cars is on the same level. Sun, 08 Jul 2012 19:28:29 +0000 Rich Egger 17936 at http://tspr.org New Look for Amtrak in Illinois