Alton station (Illinois)

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Alton
Alton Illinois Amtrak Station 2011.jpg
Location 3400 College Avenue
Alton, IL 62002
United States
Coordinates 38°54′17″N 90°8′10″W / 38.90472°N 90.13611°W / 38.90472; -90.13611Coordinates: 38°54′17″N 90°8′10″W / 38.90472°N 90.13611°W / 38.90472; -90.13611
Line(s) Union Pacific Railroad
Platforms 1 side platform
Tracks 1
Connections Madison County Transit
Other information
Station code Amtrak code: ALN
History
Opened 1928
Rebuilt 1989
Traffic
Passengers (2015) 61,249[1]Decrease 10.7%
Services
Preceding station   BSicon LOGO Amtrak2.svg Amtrak   Following station
Terminus
Lincoln Service
toward Chicago
Texas Eagle
Location
Alton is located in Illinois
Alton
Alton
Location within Illinois

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.

History[edit]

The former Alton Railroad station, later used by the Gulf, Mobile and Ohio Railroad is built of brick, and is staffed. It is one of 3 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.

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.[2] 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.[3]

The future Alton Regional Multimodal Transportation Center will accommodate intercity passenger rail, local and regional buses, taxis, and cyclists. IDOT architects will design the station, and the city will then assume ownership and maintain the property.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amtrak Fact Sheet, FY2014, State of Illinois" (PDF). Amtrak. November 2015. Retrieved May 1, 2016. 
  2. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 20, 2013.
  4. ^ Great American Stations. Accessed March 20. 2013.

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