Illinois celebrates final station rebuild

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The new Amtrak depot at Carlinville, Ill.
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CARLINVILLE, Ill. — The Lincoln Service corridor now has a full complement of modern stations to protect waiting Amtrak patrons from blustery weather with the formal dedication earlier this week of the new facility at Carlinville, Ill., 60 miles northeast of St. Louis.

The building has been open since Nov. 16, but Mayor Deanna Demuzio, Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn, and Amtrak officials chose Monday, Dec. 11, to recognize the completion of the $3.76-million heated building, a paved and lighted parking lot for automobiles and bicycles, and dual platforms where only a rudimentary shelter adjacent to one track previously stood.

The stop follows openings along the downstate Illinois route earlier this year at Lincoln, Pontiac, Dwight, and Alton. The expansive Bloomington-Normal intermodal complex debuted several years ago and Springfield’s historic ex-Gulf, Mobile & Ohio station is being upgraded. Only the Chicago-area station at Joliet, Ill., is still under construction, a relocation required to eliminate pedestrian conflicts with BNSF Railway freight trains at the city’s former Union Station. The Metra-maintained Summit, Ill., stop still is only an open shelter.

Operationally, Carlinville’s most important contribution is the passing track, installed as a result of stimulus funding to upgrade the line, and accompanying second platform. This allows two trains to serve the station at once.

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