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Moline Amtrak Station Construction Progressing

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It doesn't look like much yet, just a vacant old warehouse on 4th Avenue and 12th Street in Moline, but it's in the works to become the new Amtrak Station in the QCA.

Crews are already inside, stripping lead paint and prepping the soon-to-be train station for construction. City officials said they're on track to have it open in late 2015, before the train service begins.

"Things are going slow, but progress is being made," said City Administrator Lew Steinbrecher.

The City of Moline is still designing what the Amtrak Station will look like when it's all finished, but if you use your imagination, you can see where a new 85-unit hotel, restaurant and retail businesses will all become apart of the new train station.

"This is also being designed as multi-modal station because you do have direct connection to the bus service, directly tracks at the Metrolink facility," said Steinbrecher. "There will be service directly out to the airport from here."

Steinbrecher said it'll also connect pedestrian and bike paths to the riverfront trail. When it's all said and done, he said the whole train station project will cost over $20 million, half being paid for through federal funding, $5 million from state funding and over a million dollars from the city.

"This really helps define the Quad Cities, not just Moline but the entire Quad Cities really as a suburb of Chicago, if you will," said Steinbrecher.

The Bi-State Regional Commission said getting a passenger rail line from the Quad Cities to Chicago has been a project in the making for over a decade.

"This one will go from Quad Cities to Geneseo, to an area where they will have to build new track called Wyanet and then connect into the Chicago area," said Gena McCullough planning director of the Bi-State Regional Commission.

The Illinois Department of Transportation said they will announce a construction schedule for the new line to Chicago and when the train route will officially be in service sometime later this year.

In total, the length of the new train line from the QC to Chicago will be 162 miles.

IL-DOT said they're still working on the budget with the Iowa Interstate Railroad for the 53 miles of the route from Moline to Wyanet.

The Amtrak Station in Moline will be open in late 2015. Train service from the QC to Chicago is expected to begin in 2016.

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