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Two Illinois cities win BUILD grants to improve their Amtrak stations
Two Illinois Amtrak station improvement projects are the only Midwestern passenger rail-related winners among $900 million in BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grants announced on November 12, 2019, by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
In first 'State of Good Repair' grant awards, Midwest comes up big again
Fresh from the June announcement that every MIPRC state had won a Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant, the region got more good news in August when the Federal Railroad Administration announced the first “State Of Good Repair” (SOGR) grant awards: three Midwestern states are among the 10 winners.
All MIPRC states awarded FY 2018 CRISI grants
The Midwest reaped a bountiful harvest last month when the Federal Railroad Administration announced more than $326 million in grant awards to states, localities and railroads for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.
Illinois' new capital budget will boost, improve passenger rail service
Capital funding and new service are coming down the tracks for riders of Illinois’ passenger trains in the state’s new six-year, $45 billion capital budget, a.k.a the “Rebuild Illinois” program. That budget, signed by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 28, allocates $33 billion to transportation, including funding to improve existing routes and revive two dormant projects to restore passenger service – between Chicago and the Quad Cities, and Chicago and Rockford.
BUILD grant for Springfield, Ill., will benefit Chicago-St. Louis service
Illinois’ capital city took a big step toward completing a project that will improve passenger rail schedules on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor.
Illinois wins $132m INFRA grant to help untangle Midwest's worst rail junction
The program to untangle the national railroad network’s Gordian knot on Chicago’s south side has won a $132 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP).
Kansas to benefit from latest TIGER grant for Southwest Chief track work
Riders of Amtrak’s long-distance
service – especially those in western Kansas – got $16 million worth of good news when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the TIGER grant program’s latest winners on March 9.
Northern Lights Express gets an environmental green light
Plans to reconnect the Twin Cities with Duluth, Minn., and Superior, Wis., have cleared environmental reviews and now await funding for final design and construction.
New Michigan Services timetable shows shorter trips after rail investments
A new schedule took effect for the state-supported Blue Water and Wolverine services starting on January 22, 2018, replacing the one that had been in effect since June 26, 2017, reflecting significant improvements in running times thanks to upgrades to tracks and other infrastructure geared for 110 miles per hour service in the near future.
Midwest has much to be thankful for in Amtrak's FY 2017 station satisfaction survey
Three Midwestern Amtrak stations are among the top 10 for overall station experience in FY 2017, according to an annual Amtrak customer satisfaction survey.
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