Quad Cities is the first major stop along the most highly populated corridor
without Amtrak service to Chicago.
Plans to expand service from Chicago to the Quad Cities include
continued service from the Quad Cities to Iowa City, Des Moines, and Omaha.
With 10.2 million people living in the corridorís major metropolitan
areas, the total ridership is expected to skyrocket with each additional stop.
Amtrak forecasts the Quad Cities to have annual ridership over 110,000
between the Quad Cities and Chicago.
When service is extended from the Quad Cities to Iowa City, ridership
to/from Chicago jumps to 187,000 annually. This route will have a large
impact on the success of the Midwest Passenger Rail Hub Network based in
proposed Chicago-Quad Cities-Iowa City Amtrak route is ready to implement once
funding is secured.
Infrastructure improvements are expected to be completed and
service initiated within 2 years of funding.
Cities - Chicago Amtrak Route Details
Quad Cities Amtrak Feasibility Study)
In January 2007, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin raised awareness of the effort to restore
passenger rail in the Quad Cities by facilitating Illinois DOTís request for
Amtrak to study service from Chicago to the Quad Cities.
February 2007, IDOT requested Amtrak conduct a feasibility study for the Quad
Cities to Chicago route, which was completed in January 2008.
The Amtrak feasibility study analyzes passenger rail service between
the Quad Cities to Chicago, including route analysis, construction cost,
ridership estimates, running time, revenue, and operating expenses.
Amtrak feasibility report identified the shortest and most direct route for 2
daily roundtrip departures from the Quad Cities and Chicago.
79mph service on Quad Cities-Naperville-Chicago via IAIS-BNSF-Amtrak
Cost: $22.7 million
Time (Quad Cities to Chicago): 3 hours, 20 minutes
Stock: $4.2 million (2 train cars)
Operating Cost: $6 million
Cities - Iowa City Amtrak Route Details
(View the Iowa
City Amtrak Feasibility Study)
Shortly after Amtrak began the Chicago to Quad Cities feasibility study, the
Iowa Department of Transportation requested the study be extended to examine
passenger rail service to Iowa City. Amtrak completed the Iowa City
study in April 2008.
The Amtrak feasibility report identified the shortest and most direct route
for 2 daily roundtrip departures from the Quad Cities and Iowa City via IAIS.
79mph service on IAIS
Cost: $32.5 million
Time (Iowa City to Quad Cities): 1 hour, 38 minutes
Stock: $1.4 million (a third train car will be added when service extends
to Iowa City)
Operating Cost: $6 million
(from Chicago to Iowa City -
Cost will be shared between Illinois and Iowa)
to Quad Cities, Iowa City, Des Moines, Council Bluffs/Omaha
passenger rail service from
Chicago to Omaha (via Quad Cities, Iowa City and Des Moines) will increase the
success of the Midwest passenger rail network. Plans are underway to
make this a reality as Amtrak is currently working
on a feasibility study to extend service from Iowa City to Des Moines.