East St. Louis Making Pitch to be Amtrak Stop

East St. Louis, Ill., officials are seeking to get an Amtrak station as part of the larger efforts underway to develop higher-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis.

Mayor Alvin Parks Jr. and the United Congregations of Metro East will make their case for the station during a news conference on Thursday, May 15 at East St. Louis’ City Hall.

Organizers of the news conference say petitions with more than 3,000 signatures supporting the East St. Louis station will be presented to the Illinois Department of Transportation during a July 1 meeting.

East St. Louis has seen Amtrak trains pass through since the service began on May 1, 1971, but there has never been a Amtrak stop there. Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains pass through East St. Louis.

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