Rep. Phil Hare Seeks Earmark for Quad Cities Passenger Rail Improvements


Rep. Phil Hare

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.  The  following is a statement from Congressman Phil Hare (IL-17) supporting the Quad Cities Amtrak Route:

"The release of a feasibility study earlier this year regarding passenger rail from the Quad Cities to Chicago was very exciting news, with estimated costs significantly less than expected. I am strongly committed to returning passenger rail to our region. Amtrakís ridership numbers, particularly in Illinois , have steadily been climbing and the demand for additional lines continues to increase. Passenger rail will help create jobs, grow businesses, and attract college students to area schools. It will also serve as a viable transportation alternative for working families who are facing record high gas prices and unprecedented cancellations and delays at our nationís airports. At my invitation, House Transportation Committee Chairman Jim Oberstar visited the Quad Cities to meet with local supporters of Amtrak and create momentum for the project. He was able to see firsthand what we all know: a Quad Cities-Chicago line is a win-win for our region. The first passenger rail train pulled into the Quad Cities more than 150 years ago. Itís time for it to finally return to this area."

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