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Amtrak service for Mendota and Princeton held in limbo

Posted by wlpo on April 28, 2015

Morning and evening Amtrak service in Princeton and Mendota could be lost if Governor Bruce Rauner’s proposed cuts are approved.

The governor has proposed cutting 40 percent of funding for Amtrak. Since the Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg lines are state funded, Rick Harnish with the Midwest High Speed Rail Association says they definitely would be cut in some way. He doesn’t know if that would be less days a week or the routes stopped completely for Mendota and Princeton.

A decision one way or another has to be made when the new budget takes effect July 1st. Harnish says if and when the state gives up Amtrak’s slots to commercial rail lines, it’ll be real expensive to get the rail access back.

The trains themselves are in limbo with potential cuts. Harnish says the trains used in Mendota and Princeton are supposed to be replaced by new models later this year.

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