Alton station (Illinois)

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Alton, IL
Location1 Golf Road
Alton, IL 62002
United States
Owned byAmtrak, IDOT, and the City of Alton
Line(s)Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms1 side platform
Tracks1
ConnectionsMadison County Transit
Construction
Parking227 spaces
Bicycle facilitiesYes
Other information
Station codeAmtrak code: ALN
History
Opened1928
Rebuilt1989, 2017
Traffic
Passengers (2017)64,420[1]Increase 7.71%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Terminus
Lincoln Service
toward Chicago
Texas Eagle
  Former services
(at former station)
 
Amtrak logo no text (1971).png Amtrak
toward Laredo or Houston
Inter-American
toward Chicago
Location
Alton, IL is located in Illinois
Alton, IL
Alton, IL
Location within Illinois

Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center, also known as Alton, is a station in Alton, Illinois, that is served by Amtrak's Lincoln Service and the Texas Eagle. This was also a stop for the Ann Rutledge until April 2007. It is one of three Amtrak stations in the St. Louis metropolitan area; the other two are the Gateway Multimodal Transportation Center located in downtown St. Louis, and the Amtrak station in Kirkwood, Missouri.

History[edit]

The former Alton Railroad station, later used by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad was built of brick. This station was located on College Avenue, south of the current station location. The 1928-built station was demolished after the current transportation center was opened.[2]

Under the Federal Railroad Administration's High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, the state of Illinois received $1.2 billion to improve the Chicago-St. Louis rail corridor so passenger trains will be able to attain regular speeds of 110 miles per hour (180 km/h). Part of the funding awarded to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) included $7.4 million for the construction of a new station in Alton, which is one of the busiest Amtrak stops in the state. In December 2011, the city received an additional $13.85 million for the new station through the U.S. Department of Transportation's Transportation Investments Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) program.[2]

The Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center, which opened September 13, 2017, accommodates intercity passenger rail, local and regional buses, taxis, and cyclists. IDOT architects designed the station, and the city will then assume ownership and maintain the property.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2017, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2017. Retrieved December 19, 2016.
  2. ^ a b c Great American Stations. Accessed March 20, 2013.

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