Ground Broken for New Amtrak Station in Dwight

Groundbreaking was held today in Dwight, Illinois, for a new $3.77 million station to serve Amtrak.

The 800-square-foot depot will provide shelter and restrooms for Lincoln Service passengers. Seven trains stop in Dwight, which is located 92 miles southwest of Chicago Union Station.

“We believe that it’s an economic development grower,” said Village Administrator Kevin McNamara.

The original Dwight station still stands and is the home of the Dwight Main Street Program office. Built for the Chicago & Alton in 1891, the station features the stone architecture of its era.

The new Amtrak station in Dwight will be paid for with federal money meant to improve high-speed rail across the country.

Local officials hope that the new facility will encourage an increase in the number of people who commute to work in Chicago by rail.


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