Amtrak through the center of Illinois could double the importance of Bloomington-Normal transportation. (Zach Dietmeier/WJBC)
By Zach Dietmeier
SPRINGFIELD - State Senator Bill Brady (R-Bloomington) is part of a bipartisan movement to bring an East-West Amtrak corridor along Interstate-74.
Brady was part of State Rep. Don Moffit's (R-Gilson) group to announce support Thursday in Springfield for a feasibility study.
"I think it's important to note that if we get people from this corridor up to Galesburg, it opens up avenues to Amtrak that heads out west," Brady said. "I think that adds to the value of the citizens in this area."
Brady said Uptown Station in Normal would see greater utilization if a bus and Amtrak route stretched from Danville to Champaign-Urbana, through Bloomington-Normal, and all the way to the Quad Cities.
"With the recent opening of the intermodal center, it's working to focus the transportation needs of our community," Brady said. "Certainly, the education it provides can enhance the corridor."
A bus route may begin before Amtrak puts its cars on the I-74 corridor tracks.
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