Rail Work to Begin on Quad Cities Route

Iowa Interstate Railroad will begin signal system design work and tie replacement on 53 miles of track as a step toward instituting intercity rail passenger service between Chicago and the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.

The work wil be done between Wyanet and Moline, Ill. Construction also is expected to begin in September on another part of the 162-mile route at the BNSF Railway’s Eola Yards in Aurora, Ill., state officials said.

“This agreement is another significant milestone in re-establishing passenger service between two great Illinois cities,” said acting Illinois Transportation Secretary Erica Borggren in a statement.

Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based IAIS is part of Pittsburgh-based Railroad Development Corp., owner of several short lines; its founder, Henry Posner III, is well-known as an advocate of U.S. passenger rail development.

The Quad Cities project also has been awarded $230 million in federal funding. Amtrak service on the route was to have begun in 2013, but has been delayed and no target inauguration date has been set. An Illinois DOT spokesman said the start of service and construction timeline will be announced following the completion of planning work before the end of the year.

 

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