Bustos Secures Commitment from Trump Administration to Work with Illinois to Complete Quad-City-to-Chicago Passenger Rail

Bustos Questioned Federal Rail Administration on the Project at a Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee Hearing

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) secured a continued commitment from officials at the Federal Rail Administration to work with the State of Illinois to finish the long-awaited Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail project. Associate Administrator Paul Nissenbaum committed to working with Congresswoman Bustos, the Illinois Department of Transportation, railroads and local officials to get this project to completion. This pledge comes despite President Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak.

“Securing passenger rail for the Quad-Cities has always been among my top priorities, and I’m pleased the Federal Rail Administration is committed to bringing this project across the finish line,” Congresswoman Bustos said. “Despite the obstacles put in place by the state budget crisis in Springfield, I’m fighting to finish this project that will grow our local economy and create good-paying jobs in our region.”

Last year, after months of pressuring the Rauner administration to accept a $177 million job-creating federal investment in our state, Congresswoman Bustos announced an agreement between the Illinois Department of Transportation and the Federal Railroad Administration to move forward on Quad-City to Chicago passenger rail, which was previously put on hold.

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