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Dwight High Speed Rail Station Complete

Oct 31, 2016

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A new high-speed passenger rail station has been completed in Dwight. Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced the completion.

The new station is among upgrades aimed at improving high-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis. 

The 1,500-square foot building features a glass facade and modern amenities for passengers on Amtrak's Lincoln Service. That includes connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths and free Wi-Fi.  

Construction began last year at the site of a former grain elevator. It's near a historic train depot in Dwight.  

A federal grant paid for the roughly $3 million project.  

New stations are also expected in Pontiac, Carlinville, and Alton. Stations in Lincoln and Springfield will be upgraded.