By Mischa Wanek-Libman, Mass Transit Magazine; November 4, 2019
A project to connect Chicago to the Quad Cities via an Amtrak route has secured an extension until the end of 2024 for federal funding originally awarded under the Obama Administration.
U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) and U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos (D-IL-17), wrote two letters to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) urging an extension to the $177 million in funds awarded in Fiscal Year 2010 through the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA). The elected officials cited delays in the project brought on by Illinois’ previous governor and positive movement in negotiations regarding the scope of the project as reasons to support the extension.