IDOT hails Alton transportation hub as 'landmark' opportunity
A recently opened Regional Multimodal Transportation Center in Alton will allow for easier travel connections and promote future economic development in the area, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT).
“This landmark facility will expand regional transit options and provide opportunities for transit-oriented development adjacent to the new station,” Alton Mayor Brant Walker said, according to a press release. “We are extremely thankful to our project partners, the Federal Railroad Administration, the Illinois Department of Transportation, Madison County Transit and Amtrak for their tireless efforts to make this project a reality.”
The $14.4 million, 8,000-square-foot facility includes an Amtrak station serving the Lincoln and Texas Eagle trains as well as bus bays to better facilitate connections for passengers. The center is also connected to a network of local trails for bike and pedestrian passengers, and boasts bike lockers and bike racks. It has free Wi-Fi and ample parking.
“This beautiful new transportation center is one more step in a statewide effort to enhance the passenger rail experience along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor,” IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in the release. “Travelers in Alton will enjoy a reliable, convenient options to get to where they want to go, while the region benefits from a new station that will help to create economic opportunity for years to come.”