The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) continues to move forward with station planning, and construction for communities along the Chicago to St. Louis corridor. Funded through the Federal Railroad Administration’s (FRA) High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, the Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail project includes provisions for upgraded station facilities with improved passenger safety and convenience, better transportation connectivity, technology enhancements, and promoting economic development. Support from the communities has been strong, and IDOT looks forward to partnering with towns along the route to bring increased station amenities for passengers.
Joliet - The City received a discretionary grant from IDOT to construct a multi-modal facility and to make safety improvements at this station. Construction is being led by the City and is ongoing.
Dwight - A new station was built south of the current location on property owned by the Village. The station officially opened for service on October 28, 2016 and is located at 401 South Columbia Street, Dwight, Illinois. Learn more about the Dwight Amtrak Station.
Pontiac - A new station is being built southwest of the existing station on property owned by the City. Construction is ongoing and is anticipated to be completed in 2017.
Normal - A new multi-modal facility, funded outside of this project with a Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant received by the Town, was opened in July 2012. The High-Speed Rail project is funding a second platform and upgrades to the south waiting room. Construction is ongoing and is anticipated to be completed by early 2017.
Lincoln - The existing station and related facilities are planned to receive upgrades. Construction is underway and is anticipated to be completed in 2017. Learn about the railcar preservation effort at the Lincoln depot.
Springfield - Upgrades to the Springfield station, including access and parking lot improvements, are in the final design stage. Construction is anticipated to begin in 2017.
Carlinville - A new station is planned to be built near the current facility. Construction is anticipated to begin summer 2016.
Alton - A new station and multi-modal facility is being built northwest of the existing station on property owned by the city. Construction is ongoing and is anticipated to be completed in 2017.Please follow the links below to view letters of support and resolutions from communities that are to receive new or upgraded station facilities.