Galesburg, Ill.—City leaders and representatives from the Illinois Department of Transportation and Amtrak gathered on November 20, 2014 to break ground on an expansion and upgrades to the existing Amtrak station, which is being converted into a multimodal center also served by Burlington Trailways, an intercity bus operator.
The project, designed by Legat Architects, will enclose approximately 1,400 square feet in the north and south porticos to create a Burlington Trailways ticket office, enlarged passenger waiting area and extra storage space for Amtrak and checked baggage. The work also encompasses improvements to the restrooms and the heating, ventilation and air-conditioning system. Sustainable design elements such as high-efficiency walls and LED lighting will be incorporated into the building. Construction should conclude by late summer 2015.
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.
Galesburg is one of the busiest Amtrak stations in Illinois and is served by the California Zephyr, Carl Sandburg, Illinois Zephyr and Southwest Chief. In fiscal year 2014, approximately 101,000 people began or ended their journeys at the Galesburg station.