East St. Louis May Get Amtrak Station

Officials in East St. Louis, Ill., have taken steps toward seeking to establish an Amtrak station.

The St. Clair County County Board may spend $500,000 for a station along Amtrak’s Chicago-St. Louis corridor. The money would be used to help the Illinois Department of Transportation with design and planning work.

Board Chairman Mark Kern asked the panel’s other members last week to support the station. The total cost of the station is unclear, but if built the facility likely would open in 2017.
The closest Amtrak stations to East St. Louis are Alton and St. Louis.

Although numerous Amtrak trains pass through East St. Louis, the city has never had Amtrak service.

Before the coming of Amtrak, some intercity passenger trains served the Relay Station in East St. Louis.

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