Group Setting Goals
2:39 pm
Sat May 4, 2013

Promoting Amtrak Communities in Western Illinois

Amtrak at Macomb
Credit Rich Egger

Community leaders on the Amtrak line that runs through western Illinois hope to convince people to use the train for excursions within the region. They want to promote day trips and overnight stays along the line between Quincy and Princeton.

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Railroad Looking to Move Downtown
6:07 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Platform Length Delaying Amtrak in FM

The Santa Fe Depot in Fort Madison's Riverview Park

The hurdle that Fort Madison must clear to bring passenger rail service to Riverview Park is getting shorter.

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Former Macomb Mayor
10:38 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

End of the Line for Amtrak Chairmanship

Tom Carper

Tom Carper of Macomb has completed his four-year term as chairman of the Amtrak Board of Directors.

Carper feels Amtrak enjoyed success during that period, though sometimes it was frustrating because the federal government has no dedicated source of funding for passenger rail service.

“So every year, we’re in the budget. So every year, people who don’t like passenger rail or whatever can take a whack at Amtrak. That’s frustrating,” Carper said.

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Politicians Push for Funding
6:34 pm
Mon October 1, 2012

All On Board with Amtrak

An Amtrak train at the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger
  • Amtrak interview with Macomb Mayor Mike Inman

Politicians in western Illinois want to make sure those in Washington DC know support for Amtrak reaches across the aisle and across the miles.

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.

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No Cuts for Three Years
6:16 pm
Tue August 28, 2012

Amtrak Board Chair Praises Funding Stability

The Carl Sandburg at the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Amtrak Board Chairman Tom Carper

The head of the Amtrak Board of Directors said the service has benefited from funding stability in recent years.

Chairman Tom Carper, who is a former mayor of Macomb, said it's been crucial to Amtrak's planning to have the threat of cuts removed.

“We've had stability in the last three years, and lo and behold, what's happened? We're building railroads in the Midwest,” Carper said.

He also pointed out ridership is up.

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