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Central Illinois planning commission to study passenger-rail service to Peoria


The U.S. Department of Transportation recently issued a $160,000 grant to Central Illinois’ Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to study the feasibility of establishing passenger-rail service from Bloomington-Normal to Peoria.

Bloomington-Normal currently is served by Amtrak trains running between Chicago and St. Louis.

“Peoria’s goal is to have access to high-speed rail in the very near future and this grant will help move that goal forward,” said Peoria Mayor Jim Ardis in a prepared statement.

More than 5,000 people travel from the Peoria area to Bloomington-Normal daily, and more than 2,500 travel in the reverse direction, according to the Economic Development Council of Central Illinois.

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