passenger rail

WIUM Local
8:24 pm
Mon November 11, 2013

Great Dome Car Part of Illinois Zephyr Line During November

The Great Dome Car at the LaGrange Road station en route to Chicago
Jonathan Ahl

More than 100,000 people ride the Illinois Zephyr train line from Quincy to Chicago each year.  

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QC to Danville
2:05 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

East-West Passenger Rail Proposed for Illinois

Credit Rich Egger

A group of Illinois lawmakers is encouraging the state to study the feasibility of an east-west passenger rail corridor.

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.

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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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Passenger Rail Upgrade
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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