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Rail Needs Assessment Study

January 11, 2022

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MACOMB, IL – For more than 50 years, Amtrak has provided critical transportation services to the west central Illinois region, including providing a way back home for many Western Illinois University students, as well as access to Chicago and points in-between for WIU students, faculty and staff. In 2006, a second round-trip service was added on the Quincy to Chicago line, which provides even greater options for residents of west central Illinois.

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is completing a Rail Needs Assessment Study to to identify rail improvements that are needed throughout the state. Individuals are asked to participate in the virtual study, which is available through Friday, Jan. 21, to provide their comments, opinions and more on rail service in the state.

The study can be accessed at

"Amtrak is vital not only to west central Illinois, and cities from Quincy to Chicago, but is a critical transportation service for WIU," said WIU President Guiyou Huang. "As such, we encourage our students, faculty, staff and alumni to participate in the IDOT study regarding rail improvements in Illinois. By voicing your support for these improvements, you provide support for passenger rail service, which is essential to our University's operations and our region."

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