Thursday, October 21, 2010
REHABILITATION OF SPRINGFIELD AMTRAK STATION SET TO MOVE FORWARD
The rehabilitation and upgrading of Springfield’s Amtrak station will soon begin, now that a contract has been awarded for the work. Evans Construction has been selected by Amtrak to lead completion of this project.
“We have been working toward this for a long time,” said Mayor Tim Davlin. “We have sought to upgrade the facility and add areas of green space so that travelers will have a positive experience when they pass through the station. Now that this bid has been awarded, we will see a time line established that will more clearly identify when each of these improvements to be made.”
The Chicago to St. Louis rail corridor is one of the fastest growing routes in the country. Ridership has more than doubled over the past five years, and is up more than 13 percent this year alone topping 572,000 riders. More and more people are deciding to take the train and leave their automobiles home. Springfield is the 49th most used station stop on the entire nationwide Amtrak system. More than 190,000 people boarded or detrained in the Capital city during the fiscal year ending September 30th.