CARLINVILLE, ILL. – The city’s new depot was dedicated on Dec. 11, 2017, during a ceremony that included representatives from the state, city and Amtrak. Located about five blocks west of the city’s Public Square, the new station replaced a small, enclosed shelter. The 1,200-square foot depot, built of cast stone and topped with a gabled, seamed-metal roof, was designed by the Chicago firm of Muller+Muller.
“This beautiful new station provides an important connection for the thousands of commuters, students and visitors who use Amtrak to travel to and from Carlinville every year,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said. “By modernizing this station and others like it along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, we expect to see ridership increase as we work to make rail travel a more convenient, reliable option for Illinois travelers.”
Walls of glass that stretch almost floor to ceiling offer views out to the railroad and allow abundant natural light to fill the climate-controlled waiting room. The building also includes restrooms, vending machines and space for local and regional tourism information. Flanking the north and south ends of the waiting room are covered porches where customers can wait during pleasant weather. The overall station project also included installation of a new concrete platform with tactile edge, exterior lighting, parking areas, bike racks and landscaping.
Under the Federal Railroad Administration’s High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, the state of Illinois received $1.2 billion to improve the vital Chicago-St. Louis rail corridor so that passenger trains will be able to attain regular speeds of 110 mph, thereby reducing overall travel times. When completed in 2018, the upgraded line is expected to present an even stronger transportation alternative for drivers along the congested Interstate 55 corridor.
“For the past four years, Carlinville has been working with many entities to make the station a reality, and we want to say thank you to everyone involved.” – Carlinville Mayor Deanna Demuzio.
As part of these rail upgrades, $3.76 million was put toward the new Carlinville station, with the city contributing about $70,000. New or renovated stations have also opened in Dwight, Pontiac, Lincoln and Alton.
In FY 2017, more than 10,000 Amtrak customers began or ended their journey at Carlinville, which is served daily by seven Lincoln Service (Chicago-St. Louis) trains and two Texas Eagle (Chicago-San Antonio-(Los Angeles)) trains. The Lincoln Service is financed primarily through funds made available by the Illinois DOT as part of the Amtrak MidwestSM network.