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New Pontiac train station opens

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PONTIAC, Ill. (WEEK) -- -

Amtrak riders can now catch a train at the brand new train station in downtown Pontiac. 

Illinois Department of Transportation secretary Randy Blankenhorn and local officials unveiled the new 1,350 square foot building on Monday. The train stop is on the Chicago to St. Louis Amtrak route, one block south of the old station. Another station in Dwight opened last fall.

“I am very excited about what the new station means to the City of Pontiac,” said Pontiac Mayor Robert T. Russell. “The station along with the new parking will be a real benefit to the Amtrak customers of the area. Additionally, it will enhance the experience of the tourists visiting Pontiac on the train.”

Funding for the $2.65 million station was part of a federal grant administered by IDOT to improve performance and train speeds between Chicago and St. Louis. New stations will also be built in Lincoln, Carlinville and Alton. Stations in Normal and Springfield will be upgraded. 

More than 15,000 Amtrak customers use the station every year,. 

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