Illinois pushing for Chicago, Quad Cities passenger rail link

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MOLINE, Ill. — State officials in Illinois are moving forward with plans that look at restoring passenger train service between Chicago and the Quad Cities near Moline and Rock Island, Ill.

The latest decision to push for restored passenger service may help keep in place more than $170 million in funding that was awarded to the project in 2010 by the Federal Railroad Administration. According to an article in the Quad-City Times, that grant would expire June 30 if not extended.

"The Federal Railroad Administration is encouraged to hear that [Illinois transportation department] wants to move forward with the Chicago to Quad-Cities passenger rail project. FRA received verbal notification from [the transportation department] that it intends to submit a grant amendment, and we look forward to receiving [the transportation department's] written request,” the federal agency said in a statement this week.

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