Passenger Rail will be coming to the Quad Cities Thanks to All of Your Support!
You are invited to help celebrate this historic accomplishment on Wednesday, October 27th at 2:30 p.m. Centre Station (1200 River Drive) in Moline!
Senator Dick Durbin, Congressman Phil Hare, Illinois Governor Pat Quinn, and Iowa Governor Chet Culver (tentative) will be joined by Illinois and Iowa state and local officials and Quad Cities supporters to officially announce the $230 million federal grant for Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City passenger rail service.
Come show your support and excitement!
Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City Passenger Rail Receives $230 Million Grant
The U.S. Department of Transportation today awarded a $230 million federal grant for a new passenger rail route from Chicago to the Quad Cities and Iowa City. This award will also include additional state and local funding that was committed as part of the joint Illinois and Iowa application. This funding will be used to complete all of the design and construction associated with initiating Amtrak service to the Quad Cities and Iowa City by 2015.
This $230 million grant comes on the heels of $16.7 million announcement for a multimodal Quad Cities Amtrak station, which includes $10 million from the federal TIGER II program and $5 million from the State of Illinois.
"Today's announcement marks Quad Cities Amtrak service as the single largest federally funded project ever in the Quad Cities," said Paul Rumler, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition. "Quad Cities Amtrak service will now become a reality. Area residents, community and business leaders, and elected officials united through QC Rail to advocate and support passenger rail service, and together it's time to celebrate its return to the Quad Cities."
Quad Cities Amtrak Station Announcement
You are invited to the Amtrak Station TIGER II grant announcement on Thursday, October 21st at 11:15am. The event will take place at Centre Station (1200 River Drive) in Moline.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn and Congressman Phil Hare will be joined by Joe Szabo, Administrator of the Federal Railroad Administration, and other federal, state, and local officials at this event. The U.S. Department of Transportation will be announcing that $10 million will be used to convert the historic O'Rourke building into the Moline Multimodal Station that will serve as a transportation hub reconnecting the Quad Cities with Chicago, and ultimately to Iowa City, Des Moines, and Omaha.
"The Amtrak Station funding is the culmination of years of hard work by Quad Cities' community leaders and elected officials who took action in response to the outpouring of public demand for passenger rail service," said Paul Rumler, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition. "This announcement would not be a reality without the leadership of Senator Durbin, Congressman Hare, and Congressman Braley who pushed hard for this funding at the federal level, and Governor Pat Quinn who identified the Quad Cities Amtrak Station as a top state priority for Illinois. Passenger rail service will lead to new jobs and economic growth while adding to our region's quality of life."
The Quad Cities Amtrak Station is one of 42 capital construction projects and 33 planning projects in 40 states that will share nearly $600 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation's popular TIGER II program for major infrastructure projects ranging from highways and bridges to transit, rail and ports. U.S. DOT received nearly 1,000 construction grant applications for more than $19 billion from all 50 states, U.S. territories and the District of Columbia.
In August 2010, the Illinois Department of Transportation submitted the TIGER II grant application in collaboration with the City of Moline to support intercity passenger rail service between Chicago and the Quad Cities.
Funding Sought for Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City "Green Line"
August 6, 2010 - The Iowa
Department of Transportation and Illinois Department of Transportation
submitted a High Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Program Application
to the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) seeking $248 million to
expand passenger rail service from Chicago to Iowa City, via the Quad
Cities. The FRA is expected to announce projects receiving part of
the $2.3 billion in available funds in mid to late September.
Application Details: Chicago-Quad
Cities-Iowa City Service Development Plan
City Route Map
Cities Passenger Rail Funding Announced
January 30, 2010 - Illinois Governor
Pat Quinn announced $45 million "to establish passenger rail
service from Chicago to the Quad Cities" before a packed room in
Moline's Centre Station, which will be the future Quad Cities Amtrak
Station. Governor Quinn was joined by Congressman Phil Hare and
several state and local elected officials to make the announcement.
rail service will transform the Quad Cities’ future,” said Paul
Rumler, Executive Director of the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition.
“Passenger rail service will lead to new jobs and economic
growth while adding to our region’s quality of life.
Area residents, community leaders, and elected officials united
through QC Rail to advocate and support passenger rail service, and
together it’s time to celebrate its return to the Quad Cities.”
Rail thanks our state and federal officials who took action in response
to the outpouring of support for passenger rail service. Today’s
announcement would not be a reality without the leadership of Governor
Pat Quinn, Congressman Phil Hare, Senator Dick Durbin, Senator Roland
Burris, and a host of state legislators, including Representativ
e Pat Verschoore, Senator Mike Jacobs, Representative Mike Boland,
Representative Elaine Nekritz, Representative Don Moffitt, and the
Illinois Passenger Rail Caucus.”
and IA DOT Host Environmental Assessment Public Meeting
An open forum meeting will be held on
Tuesday, September 29, to share findings of the EA of the proposed route
and gather public input.
September 29, 2009 - As part of the
Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI), the Iowa and Illinois Departments
of Transportation, in conjunction with the Federal Railroad
Administration (FRA), have been evaluating specific alternative routes
to establish passenger rail connections between Chicago and Iowa City.
These alternatives are currently undergoing a thorough environmental
assessment (EA) to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
and help qualify the planning effort for federal grant funding from FRA
and the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) of
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
4 to 7 p.m.
i wireless Center, Room D
1201 River Drive
Moline, Illinois 61265-1303
Here to review the environmental
assessment report and materials.
Cities Route Included in Governors' Midwest Rail Plan
27, 2009 - Eight Midwest Governors and Chicago Mayor
Richard Daley signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to coordinate
applications for the Chicago Hub High Speed Rail Corridor (Midwest
Corridor) to the Federal Railroad Administration for ARRA stimulus
funding. The governors from Illinois, Iowa, Indiana, Michigan,
Minnesota, Ohio, Wisconsin met at the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit on
July 27th to formalize the agreement and determine routes to be included
in the agreed upon Midwest Corridor. The Quad Cities route was
As a result of the Midwest High Speed
Rail Summit, the Midwest governors have agreed to provide "a single
advocacy voice in support of the region's collective high-speed rail
priorities. The states will "coordinate and cooperate fully
in support of each MOU Participant's individual state applications for
high speed and intercity rail funding." Read
more Midwest Rail Plan details.
Quinn and Governor Culver Signify Support for Quad Cities, Dubuque
July 27, 2009 -
addition to the multi-state MOU for the Midwest Rail Corridor, Illinois
Governor Pat Quinn and Iowa Governor Chet Culver signed an MOU for the
Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City route and Chicago-Dubuque route. The
two main elements included that Iowa and Illinois agree to:
Cooperate and coordinate the planning and implementation of passenger
rail service on these corridors, and
Share certain costs associated with the preparation and operation of the
corridors as part of the ARRA application process.
the full IA/IL MOU document.
Culver's Iowa Unlimited Train Visits Quad Cities on July 26th
26, 2009 - Iowa
Governor Chet Culver's Iowa Unlimited train stopped at the future Quad
Cities Amtrak Station in Moline to continue building support and
momentum for the Chicago-Quad
Cities-Iowa City Amtrak route. Governor Culver was joined by Congressman
Dave Loebsack, Iowa and Illinois
state legislators, Quad City mayors and county chairmen, and passenger
rail supporters. Following the event, Governor
Culver continued his train ride to Chicago for the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit in Chicago.
Pat Quinn Signs Capital Bill - $550 Million for High Speed Rail and
July 13, 2009 -
Illinois Governor Quinn signed a $31 billion capital bill into law to
fund higher education, road & bridge construction, K-12 school
construction, transit, and passenger rail improvements.
Legislators and the Governor worked together to pass $150 million for Amtrak
improvements and $400 million for high speed rail improvements in a
state capital bill. Governor Quinn and IL DOT have not yet
made any public announcements on how this funding will be
distributed. However, part of the $150 million is expected to
help fund the Chicago to Quad Cities route.
Durbin, Quinn, and Mayor Daley Focus on Securing Federal Passenger Rail
June 3, 2009 - U.S.
Senator Dick Durbin and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn joined with Chicago
Mayor Richard M. Daley in calling on seven Midwest Governors to increase
their efforts and regional coordination on high speed rail through a
regional Rail Summit held in Chicago - the Midwest rail system's hub -
this summer. This announcement followed a meeting between Senator
Durbin and Governor Quinn where they discussed moving forward with
Illinois' bid for the $8 billion available in funding for high speed
rail through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Read
the full press release.
Illinois Legislature Passes an Additional $400 Million for High Speed
May 31, 2009 - On the
last day of session, the Illinois Legislature responded to the
skyrocketing demand for passenger rail service in Illinois by passing an
additional $400 million for high speed rail. This $400 million
will likely be directed to the Chicago to St.
Louis corridor, which would free up the previous $150 million allocated in
the capital bill for upgrades to existing routes and expanding service on
new routes like the Quad Cities. But, there's a catch. Even
though he's been a strong advocate for passenger rail, Governor Quinn is
threatening to not sign the Capital Bill until the Legislature passes an
operating budget to address the Illinois' structural deficit. So stay
tuned. Click Here
for information on how you can help.
Illinois Capital Bill Includes $150 Million for Amtrak - Governor Quinn
Calls for an Additional $400 Million
May 22, 2009 -
Amtrak service in Illinois is set to receive a major boost from a $28
billion Capital Bill passed by the Illinois House and Senate last week.
$150 million in state funds were allocated for Illinois Amtrak routes,
which is expected to fund infrastructure improvements on existing and
expanded routes (like the Quad Cities). This level of state
funding is a major breakthrough. When the capital bill was
originally proposed in March, the state did not include funding for
Amtrak. As a sign of Illinois'
commitment to maintaining and expanding its state supported passenger rail
system, Governor Pat Quinn called on the legislature to pass an additional
$400 million for high speed passenger rail. Read
more on the Illinois Capital Bill.
Iowa Governor Chet Culver Announces $3 million in Iowa Passenger Rail
May 4, 2009 -
Governor Chet Culver held a bill signing ceremony in the Quad Cities to
highlight major progress made in the 2009 Legislative Session to advance
passenger rail in Iowa. Governor Culver signed SF 151 into law,
which will allow passenger rail service planning and funding to move
forward by broadening the Iowa Department of
Transportation's authority to enter into cost sharing agreements with
Amtrak, other operators, local jurisdictions, and other states for the
purpose of developing passenger rail service in Iowa.
In addition, the Iowa General Assembly passed $3 million for the Iowa
Passenger Rail Fund in the 2009 session. This marks the first
state's largest investment allocated to passenger rail. This
funding will help leverage federal funding available in President
Obama's $ 8 billion passenger rail stimulus plan, and federal
appropriation bills. Click
Here for the Governor's Media
Obama Announces Historic Passenger Rail Funding Strategy
April 16, 2009 - The Quad Cities Passenger Rail
Coalition is optimistic about future of the Quad Cities-Chicago Amtrak
route after President Barack Obama released his passenger rail strategic
funding plan on Thursday, April 16th. The President’s “Vision
for High-Speed Rail in America” plans to invest “in an efficient,
high-speed passenger rail network of 100-600 mile intercity corridors
that connect communities across America. In what is intended to be
a long-term commitment, the strategic plan emphasizes directing funding
that will result in “tangible benefits to intercity rail
infrastructure, equipment, performance, and intermodal connections over
the next several years, while also creating a ‘pipeline’ of projects
to enable future corridor development.” Click
here to learn more.
Rail Asks Iowa Legislators To Pass SF 151
March 31, 2009 - The Quad
Cities Passenger Rail Coalition is encouraging the Iowa General Assembly
to pass Senate File 151 in order to help make Iowa's state passenger
rail plan a reality. Join
the effort - Click Here to send your legislator an email.
Passage of SF 151 will allow passenger rail service planning and funding
to move forward in Iowa by making technical changes to existing
legislation. SF 151 defines "passenger rail service" to
mean long-distance, intercity (including the Midwest Regional Rail
System) and commuter passenger transportation that is provided on
railroad tracks. The bill broadens the Iowa Department of
Transportation's authority to enter into cost sharing agreements with
Amtrak, other operators, local jurisdictions, and other states for the
purpose of developing passenger rail service in Iowa. (UPDATE:
The Legislature passed SF 151 - Thanks for your advocacy!)
Braley Call for Full Quad Cities Passenger Rail Funding
March 27, 2009 - Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL)
and Congressman Bruce Braley (D-IA) joined with the Quad Cities
Passenger Rail Coalition at an event on March 27th to help
advance the Quad Cities Amtrak route. Before a packed room of
passenger rail supporters, the Congressmen signed a letter to U.S.
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood urging him to make funds from the
American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) available for intercity
passenger rail from the Quad Cities to Chicago and the Quad Cities to
Iowa City. Secretary LaHood is currently developing a funding
strategy and guidelines for $8 billion earmarked for intercity and high
speed passenger rail in AARA. Read
the full story.
Cities-Chicago Route Receives First Ever Funding
March 11, 2009 - President
Barack Obama signed the Fiscal Year 2009 Omnibus Appropriations Act
today, which included a $475,000 earmark for Quad Cities track
improvements. The earmark was secured by Rep. Phil Hare (IL-17) at
the request of the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition. Today
marks the first ever federal or state funding specifically allocated to
restore passenger rail service on the much anticipated Chicago to Quad
Cities route. While $22.7 million is needed to complete the entire
Quad Cities route, IL DOT will receive $475,000 to begin track
improvements identified in the 2008 Amtrak Feasibility Study. Click
here for more funding details.
Rep. Phil Hare Secures Quad
Cities Track Improvement Earmark
February 25, 2009 -
Congressman Phil Hare secured a $475,000 earmark in the Fiscal Year 2009
Omnibus Appropriations Act, which passed the U.S. House on February 25,
2009, to begin the necessary track improvements to restore Quad Cities
passenger rail service. This funding would be directed to the
Illinois Department of Transportation to begin work on the Chicago to
Quad Cities track connection. In order for this funding to become
a reality, the Appropriations Bill and the earmark must still pass the U.S.
Senate and be signed by President Barack Obama. Click
here for more information about track
Stimulus Includes $9.3 Billion for Passenger Rail
February 17, 2009 - President
Barack Obama signed the $787 billion Economic Stimulus proposal into law
today, which includes the largest ever funding amount for passenger rail
in United States history. QC Rail joined with advocacy groups across the country,
including the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and Midwest Interstate
Passenger Rail Commission, to call on Congress to place a greater
priority on passenger rail funding in the stimulus package. With $9.3 billion allocated for
passenger rail, this is a major victory for the future of Quad Cities
passenger rail service. Click
here for details about the Economic Stimulus
Cities Passenger Rail Expected to Create a Large Economic Impact
Investment in transportation
Infrastructure is a proven way to create jobs and stimulate the national
economy. As the President, Congress, and State Legislatures
consider ways to create jobs and stimulate the national and regional
economy, the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition is actively
communicating passenger rail's economic impact to the Illinois and Iowa
region. For example, the
U.S. Department of Transportation estimates that 42,000 jobs are created
for every $1 billion spent on transportation infrastructure. Quad
Cities Amtrak service is estimated to create 550-825 jobs, increase
household income by $11-16 million, and increase property values by $52-75
recently prioritized the Chicago to Quad Cities and Chicago to Rockford
Amtrak routes for stimulus funding because of the 4,700 jobs that would be
Rail Increases Legislative Outreach Efforts in Quad Cities, Washington,
During January and February, QC Rail aggressively launched a legislative
outreach plan to communicate the importance passenger rail service to
the Quad City region's future. QC Rail met with Congressional
staff and Members of Congress in their Quad City district offices and in
their Washington, DC capital office to advance passenger rail funding
here for a recap of QC Rail's legislative
Cities Amtrak Station Location Announced
December 2, 2008 - Moline's Centre Station, located on River Drive across from the i Wireless Center in downtown Moline, has been recommended as the Quad Cities Amtrak Station. Based on this recommendation, the proposed Quad Cities Amtrak route would start at Centre Station and end at Chicago's Union Station.
This station recommendation is part of a recently completed Metropolitan Rail Study, which was conducted over the past year
through an IL DOT grant. The Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition is unified in support of the recommended Quad Cities Amtrak
here to find out more about the Quad Cities
State Legislators Ask Governor to Begin Quad Cities-Chicago Connection
November 21, 2008 - During
the QC Rail's site visit to the Wyanet Connection on Nov. 10th,
participants learned firsthand that Quad Cities Amtrak service is
feasible, plans for the connection are ready, and officials are
eager to see the project begin. Participants, which included
several state legislators, also learned that transportation
officials must receive direction from the Illinois Governor to
start the project. As a result, the Quad Cities Passenger Rail
Coalition partnered with State Representative Pat Verschoore and
State Senator Mike Jacobs to lead an effort with their House and
Senate colleagues to ask the Governor to "begin the final
engineering and land acquisition negotiations for the Wyanet
Connection as soon as possible." Click
to read more.
Rail Organizes Special Train Visit to the Wyanet Connection
November 10, 2008 - It's full speed ahead for Quad Cities Amtrak service
as a result of QC Rail's site visit to the Wyanet Connection.
state legislators, Congressional staff members, and local elected and
community officials gained firsthand knowledge of what is needed to make
Quad Cities Amtrak service a reality. While many people have
heard of this connection, few have ever visited the site. Thanks
to the Iowa Interstate Railroad, who provided the Abraham Lincoln and
Hawkeye trains, QC Rail was able to organize this unique event. George
Weber, IDOT Railroad Bureau Chief, and Mike Franke, Amtrak’s Assistant
Vice President for State Partnerships, informed QC Rail's site visit
participants about the work needed to connect the IAIS and BNSF tracks
at the Wyanet Connection. Click
here for information about the Wyanet
Passes Amtrak Reauthorization
October 1, 2008 - The
U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives passed the Amtrak
Reauthorization Bill, which authorizes the largest ever funding amount for
state intercity passenger rail capital grants. These grants will help restore passenger rail service from
Chicago to the Quad Cities and extended service to Iowa City, Des Moines, and
Amtrak provisions were included in HR 2095, the Rail Safety Improvement Act of
2008 and the Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act. The U.S.
House of Representatives unanimously passed HR 2095 by a voice vote on
September 24th. The U.S. Senate passed HR 2095 by a 74-24 vote on
October 1st. Click here for
Dick Durbin Introduces Legislation to Meet Demand for Passenger Rail
July 29, 2008 - U.S. Senator Dick
Durbin (D-IL) introduced legislation that would create jobs and help
Amtrak meet the increasing demand for an efficient, cost-effective and
reliable alternative mode of travel. Durbin’s bill aims to promote the
replacement and rehabilitation of Amtrak’s aging fleet of passenger
cars and to revive the train car industry in the United States.
The legislation also creates a special fund to provide a supply of passenger
cars for state-supported routes, such as the Chicago to Quad Cities Amtrak
here for a detailed summary of Senator
and Iowa Senators Identify Trains for Quad Cities Amtrak Service
2008 - U.S. Senator Dick Durbin led a group of U.S. Senators in requesting
that Amtrak refurbish existing trains for the Chicago to Quad Cities
Amtrak route. In a joint letter signed by Dick Durbin (IL), Barack
Obama (IL), Tom Harkin (IA), Chuck Grassley (IA), Joseph Biden (DE), and
Tom Carper (DE), the Senators identified former Amtrak trains being
stored in a Delaware maintenance yard that could be used to restore
service in the Quad Cities. This
proactive step could help alleviate a potential hurdle identified in
recent Amtrak route feasibility studies: the short supply of existing
here to read more about these efforts.
Phil Hare Seeks Earmark for Quad Cities Passenger Rail
May 2008 - Representative
Phil Hare announced that he's submitted a $13.5 million funding request for
Quad Cities-Chicago Amtrak Service in the FY 2009 Transportation
Appropriations Act. Click
here to read a statement from Congressman Phil Hare (IL-17) supporting the
Quad Cities Amtrak Route.
Rail Celebrates 1st Anniversary
May 19, 2008 - 200 passenger rail supporters
helped celebrate the Quad Cities Passenger Rail Coalition's 1st
Anniversary on May 19, 2008 aboard the Celebration Belle river boat in
Moline. State and federal legislators, Amtrak officials, and
Illinois and Iowa DOT officials were recognized for their support.
Completes Chicago to Quad Cities, Quad Cities to Iowa City Feasibility
January/April, 2008 - At the request of Senator Dick Durbin and IL DOT,
Amtrak announced the completion of a feasibility study analyzing
passenger rail service between the Quad Cities to Chicago, including
route analysis, construction cost, ridership estimates, trip time,
potential schedules, and anticipated revenues and expenses. At the
request of IA DOT, Amtrak continued this study to examine extending
passenger rail service from the Quad Cities to Iowa City. Click
here for more information, including route maps and feasibility