WASHINGTON, D. C.(KWQC) – Plans for passenger rail service in the Quad Cities are back on track, now that the Federal Rail Administration is on board. Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos’ office announced that a formal agreement has been reached between the FRA and the State of Illinois on an extension for $177 million in federal funding for the project. The extension now has a deadline of Sept. 30, 2017.
Back in June, Bustos contacted Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner, urging him to approve the extension to avoid a June 30, 2016 deadline while the state was without a budget. Without a pledge for state funding, the project was in jeopardy of losing federal funding. The governor agreed to the funding extension on June, 22, 2016.
Quad City leaders have been working to bring Amtrak rail service from Moline to Chicago to promote economic development.