Illinois town to break ground on new Amtrak station

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DWIGHT, Ill. – The residents of a small Illinois town are breaking ground on a new Amtrak station Tuesday, the Bloomington Pantagraph reports. The new station will be located in Dwight, about 80 miles southwest of Chicago, and is expected to cost $3.77 million. The 800-square-foot depot will provide shelter and restrooms for Amtrak's Lincoln Service passengers. Seven trains stop in Dwight each day.

“We believe that it's an economic development grower,” Village Administrator Kevin McNamara tells the newspaper. The new station is being paid for in-part with federal money meant to improve high-speed rail across the country. The station is just one of numerous improvements to the line between there and Chicago. Local officials hope those improvements will help increase the number of commuters who take the train.

The original Dwight station still stands and houses the Dwight Main Street Program office. It was built for the Chicago & Alton in 1891 and features the stone architecture of the era.

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