The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed to extend the deadline for the state of Illinois to use grant money toward establishment of intercity rail passenger service between Chicago and the Quad Cities region of Illinois and Iowa.
IDOT will now have until Sept. 30, 2017. The deadline had been June 30.
State officials said much work remains to be done to introduce service to the route, which last had rail service in the late 1978 that was provided by the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad between Chicago and Rock Island, Illinois.
That service was funded in part by the state but suffered from low patronage and poor tracks.
The grant to establish Chicago-Quad Cities was awarded in 2010.