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Chicago/Moline Rail Expansion Project

Illinois Department of Transportation

Chicago/Moline Rail Expansion Project

Cost Estimate: $265 million


IDOT will increase train speeds on the Chicago/Moline corridor to 79 mph by making track, signal, station, and rolling-stock improvements.  The corridor will be contained on BNSF trackway from the Chicago terminal west to Wyanet. A connecting track will be constructed at Wyanet linking BNSF with the Iowa Interstate Railroad, which will carry the service to its endpoint in Moline.


Upgrades of main track at the Colona Interlocking and improvements to BNSF’s Eola Yard are also part of this endeavor, which will minimize interference between new passenger service, BNSF freight trains, and Metra commuter service.


Station and layover facility improvements will include the design and construction of one station located at Geneseo and the design and construction of one layover facility in the Quad Cities area. A separate federal grant will fund construction of a new multimodal facility in Moline to link Amtrak with the existing Centre Station MetroLINK bus facility.


Completion is estimated in Fall 2015.

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