Alton Moving Toward Building New Station

Prompted by a Dec. 31 deadline to use a federal grant, an Alton city government committee has recommended seeking bids from contractors to build the Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center.

The facility, to be used by Amtrak’s Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle trains, would feature an 8,000-square foot brick station, platform, bus terminal, parking lot and an access road.

Amtrak 4The city received a $13.85 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery grant that stipulates that the facility must be built by the end of 2016.

The $25 million intermodal station is slated to be constructed on the northeast corner of the former Robert P. Wadlow Municipal Golf Course at Homer Adams Parkway and Golf Road.

Aside from Amtrak, the facility will be used by Madison County Transit District buses and have trailheads for bicyclists and pedestrians

Other funding for the $25 million intermodal facility includes $7.4 million from Federal Railroad Administration and state funds and $1.6 million from the city and the transit agency.

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