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Why America Needs Cool Trains Again

The predictable response of certain politicians to Amtrak’s recent derailment: strip the program of funds yet again. This isn’t the way. America needs cool trains again. 689 more words


Rauner's rail review slows Moline's Q project

Plans for Moline’s passenger rail station and hotel are in limbo until Governor Bruce Rauner releases state funding for the project.

A fence symbolizes barriers between the state of Illinois and site of the future Q station. 277 more words


Positive Train Control seems simple enough, or is it?

Passenger trains in Europe and Asia are isolated from freight trains and even vehicular traffic.  But in the United States, the trains we ride must share the road with heavy freight trains, semi trucks, busses and pedestrians.  633 more words


Notes on Boston-Springfield Service

Readers of this blog know I have a particular interest in intercity rail in New England stemming from growing up in New Haven. So when… 1,595 more words


Illinois Gov. Wants to Cut Amtrak Funding

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Gov. Bruce Rauner’s proposed state budget would cut $16 million from Illinois’ funding for Amtrak trains that serve downstate areas.

Rauner’s proposal would roll the state’s current $42 million Amtrak subsidy back to 2013 levels and cause some reduction in the number of trains running between Chicago and St. 103 more words


Moline Reaches Tentative Amended Deal With Multi-Modal Station Developer

It has taken four years and two developers but Moline is one step closer to having a combined hotel, retail center, and Amtrak station. The city signed an agreement with the current developer back in 2013, but then some of the costs changed. 389 more words


Moline council to consider incentives for hotel

Moline aldermen will consider adding nearly $2 million in incentives to keep The Q project on track.

It’s the hotel portion of the city’s upcoming multi-modal station. 289 more words