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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby CHTT1 » Thu Nov 08, 2018 11:20 pm

Now that the voters of Illinois have kicked out Bruce Rauner, perhaps the Rockford train proposals will be revived. Hopefully, new governor J.B. Pritzker will get IDOT to complete the Chicago-St. Louis high speed project.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Rockingham Racer » Fri Nov 09, 2018 6:53 am

Anybody know how much "noise" the Rockford area has been making over the return of service?
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Station Aficionado » Fri Nov 09, 2018 3:25 pm

CHTT1 wrote:Now that the voters of Illinois have kicked out Bruce Rauner, perhaps the Rockford train proposals will be revived. Hopefully, new governor J.B. Pritzker will get IDOT to complete the Chicago-St. Louis high speed project.

Of perhaps more immediate interest, will the Quad Cities service move closer to reality? I believe the Moline station is complete, but trackwork on IAIS needs to be done, along with the connection to BNSF at Wyanet.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Roadgeek Adam » Fri Nov 09, 2018 7:26 pm

Don't forget Geneseo station. Regardless, I'd prioritize the nearly finished Moline service.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Anthony » Sat Nov 10, 2018 2:28 pm

Roadgeek Adam wrote:Don't forget Geneseo station. Regardless, I'd prioritize the nearly finished Moline service.

Yes, and after the Quad Cities service is operational, THEN the state can focus on bringing service to Rockford. The advisory referendum showing support for passenger rail service to Rockford passed with flying colors - almost 80% voted "YES" on it. So that tells the state that Rockford badly wants service. Governor-elect JB Pritzker says that he'll seek federal funds to pay for the majority of the capital startup costs of a Rockford service.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby eolesen » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:35 am

Illinois can't even properly fund Metra, so what makes anyone think they'd be able to start something new to Rockford and Dubuque?...

Best bet would have been to cut a deal with Metra to extend service beyond Big Timber on the UP to Rockford, but that will never happen due to the politics involved.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby ryanch » Mon Nov 19, 2018 1:51 pm

On the Quad Cities and Rockford/Dubuque services, ask and you shall receive:
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/col ... story.html

Receive news, that is. You're not going to receive the new services any time soon.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Station Aficionado » Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:26 pm

ryanch wrote:On the Quad Cities and Rockford/Dubuque services, ask and you shall receive:
https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/col ... story.html

Receive news, that is. You're not going to receive the new services any time soon.

Well, good to know that folks are still thinking about these services. Nothing will happen before Pritzker gets his team in place, but suspect the lobbying has begun.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby F40CFan » Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:13 pm

CHTT1 wrote:Now that the voters of Illinois have kicked out Bruce Rauner, perhaps the Rockford train proposals will be revived. Hopefully, new governor J.B. Pritzker will get IDOT to complete the Chicago-St. Louis high speed project.


Don't hold your breath. Madigan's minions have had a veto-proof majority for ages and you can see what has gotten done. Having his "boy" in the governor's mansion will just help him bankrupt the state further.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby CHTT1 » Mon Nov 19, 2018 7:58 pm

Why would Madigan oppose rail improvements? Illinois runs a lot of state-subsidized trains. He obviously hasn't opposed them in the past. Rauner tried to blame all the state's problems on Madigan (who has way too much power and needs to retire), but Rauner's "my way or the highway" approach to government didn't work.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby eolesen » Tue Nov 20, 2018 12:44 pm

Madigan could have approved funding for the Quinn announced Amtrak routes at any time during Rauner's tenure.

He didn't.

ILL has a spending problem and a liability problem. Those issues have to be addressed before anything Jumbo campaigned on can be fulfilled, and he's already promised money to education, Medicare, roads and bridges.

No mention of trains, nor do I expect there to be other than Metra.

The reality is that Jumbo only has to keep Chicago happy in order to get re-elected. The Quad Cities and Rockford won't get any attention until his re-election campaign fires up.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby F40CFan » Tue Nov 20, 2018 4:08 pm

Well put, thank you.

I just rode the Lincoln Service to St. Louis and back to see a hockey game. Went Business Class. Very nice. I still don't understand why they didn't keep the 110 mph segment in operation. Oh well, maybe some day.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Matt Johnson » Tue Dec 04, 2018 8:53 pm

http://www.nprillinois.org/post/vision- ... s#stream/0

“The goal is to get the trains from 80 miles per hour, increased to 90 miles per hour.”

Hmm, no mention of 110 mph.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby CHTT1 » Tue Dec 04, 2018 11:18 pm

eolesen wrote:Madigan could have approved funding for the Quinn announced Amtrak routes at any time during Rauner's tenure.

He didn't.

ILL has a spending problem and a liability problem. Those issues have to be addressed before anything Jumbo campaigned on can be fulfilled, and he's already promised money to education, Medicare, roads and bridges.

No mention of trains, nor do I expect there to be other than Metra.

The reality is that Jumbo only has to keep Chicago happy in order to get re-elected. The Quad Cities and Rockford won't get any attention until his re-election campaign fires up.


"Jumbo" Very classy, eolesen. Nothing like bring a discussion down to the gutter.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

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