GALESBURG, ILLINOIS – Representatives from the city of Galesburg, the Illinois DOT, Amtrak and Burlington Trailways, as well as local and state elected officials, gathered on November 19, 2015, to view the community’s newly-renovated depot. The facility now offers an expanded passenger waiting area and office space. Between 2005 and 2015, ridership at Galesburg grew by approximately 37 percent to reach more than 100,000 in Fiscal Year 2015. The state of Illinois doubled funding for train service in Fiscal Year 2006, resulting in eight new train departures including the daily Carl Sandburg on the Chicago-Quincy corridor.
To accommodate growing ridership, the city began developing specifications for a depot expansion in 2011; ground was broken in November 2014. The project, designed by Legat Architects, enclosed approximately 1,400 square feet in the north and south porticoes to create a Burlington Trailways ticket office, enlarged passenger waiting area and extra storage space for Amtrak and checked baggage. The work also encompassed improvements to the restrooms and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Sustainable design elements such as high-efficiency walls and LED lighting were incorporated into the building.
Funding was obtained through federal and state funds. The former includes $690,000 from a Section 5311 grant, designed to support public transportation in rural areas, and from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The latter includes $40,000 gained through “Illinois Jobs Now!”, a six year, $31 billion statewide capital program supported by 20 year state bonds and federal and local matching funds.
Read more about the depot celebration in The Register-Mail.