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2:28 pm
Sun July 8, 2012

New Look for Amtrak in Illinois

The Carl Sandburg pulls into the Macomb Travel Center
Rich Egger
  • Interview with Ann Schneider

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.”

All of the seating on current cars is on the same level.

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