www.illinois.gov

Pat Quinn, Governor

State Links Skip to Content Skip to State Links

 Government
 Business
 Employment
 Education
 Health & Safety
 Family & Home
 Travel & Recreation
 About Illinois
 Illinois.gov

Stay Informed

Your Government


[Search Tips]

Illinois Flag Honors

Inspector General


 IGNN: State/All Press Release

ILLINOIS NEWS
The State of Illinois News page provides access to the Illinois Government News Network and all state press releases.


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 21, 2012

Governor Quinn Announces Start of Construction on New Transportation Center in Joliet
Station Project on High-Speed Line Creates Jobs, Improves Safety

JOLIET – September 21, 2012. Governor Pat Quinn, joined by Illinois Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider and other state and local officials, broke ground today on a new multimodal transportation center in downtown Joliet. As part of Governor Quinn’s commitment to building a 21st century infrastructure in Illinois, the project begins a complete overhaul of a key stop on the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail line. The $42 million project, which includes a $32 million commitment from Governor Quinn’s Illinois Jobs Now! capital program, will create almost 400 construction jobs, improve safety for travelers and serve as a catalyst for future transit-oriented development in Joliet’s historic City Center.

“This new transportation station will create jobs and economic development in Joliet while providing an alternative to driving and high gas prices,” Governor Quinn said. “Once this project is completed, we’ll have better transportation in Joliet and safer, more reliable and convenient service for travelers.”

Joliet’s 100-year-old Union Station, which serves almost 800,000 riders per year on Amtrak and on Metra’s Heritage Corridor and Rock Island District lines, poses an issue by requiring passengers to cross working freight railroad tracks in order to board their trains. The new station will ensure safety and eliminate the problem by separating passenger from freight rail traffic and relocating the platform and waiting areas.

The first phase of the project, starting today, is the construction of a 400-space parking lot southwest of the new station. Other aspects include pedestrian tunnels linking to Pace and other forms of bus service and ground transportation. Union Station will be preserved and incorporated into the design of the new station campus.

“This project will make life easier and safer for tens of thousands of Metra commuters and Amtrak riders each day, but it also will make Joliet an important regional center for high-speed rail,” said Secretary Schneider. “I am also excited that this project ties together the multiple modes of transportation. The new Joliet transportation center is exactly the kind of project we envision to meet the state’s future transportation needs.”

The transportation center is anticipated to be complete by 2015. In addition to the $32 million from Illinois Jobs Now!, the project includes $7.5 million from the city of Joliet and $2.2 million from the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway. The Regional Transportation Authority, Pace, Metra, Amtrak, Will County and the Union Pacific Railroad also served as key partners.

“A project of this magnitude is what every mayor dreams of. It will bring hundreds of jobs to jump-start our ongoing economic development efforts in downtown Joliet,” said Joliet Mayor Tom Giarrante. “We are extremely appreciative of Governor Quinn's efforts to help us secure the $32 million Illinois Jobs Now! grant that made this project possible.”

Under Governor Quinn, Illinois has emerged as a national leader in the expansion of passenger rail. In the last complete fiscal year, 1.8 million passengers rode Amtrak’s four state-supported routes in Illinois, almost double the ridership of six years ago.

This fall, with the start of 110-mph service between Dwight and Pontiac, Illinois will become the second state outside of the East Coast to offer high-speed rail service. Ongoing improvements are expected to permit 110 mph trains to run between Dwight and Alton by 2015. The Illinois Department of Transportation also is overseeing more than $280 million in projects to reintroduce Amtrak service on the Chicago-Rockford-Dubuque and Chicago-Moline lines. Earlier this month, the initial environmental studies began on implementing high-speed service between Chicago and Detroit, a project made possible by the governor’s support of the $133 million Englewood Flyover on Chicago’s Southwest Side.



RAW TAPEGovernor Pat Quinn announces construction on new transportation center in Joliet. Photos from this event are available on our Facebook page. Audio includes Governor Quinn and IDOT Secretary Ann Schneider.

RAW TAPEQ & A w/Governor Pat Quinn. Topics include: Union protest, gaming and Brazil trip.


###

News Categories

 State/All
 Governor's Office
 Lt. Governor's Office
 Agriculture
 Budget/Fiscal
 Business
 Children/Families
 Culture
 Disabilities
 Economic Development
 Education
 Environment
 Flag Honors
 Health/Human Services
 History
 Infrastructure
 Opportunity Returns
 Recovery
 Safety/Security
 Technology
 Tourism/Recreation
 Transportation
 Workforce/Jobs

News Resources

 Search the News
 IIS Radio News
 RSS News Feeds
 e-News Subscriptions
 Communications Office
 Privacy Statement

Features

Sign up for an e-news subscription
Copyright © 2014 State of Illinois Site Map | Illinois Privacy Info | Kids Privacy | Web Accessibility | Contact Us