Rail Transportation

Proposed Intercity Passenger Rail

Current passenger rail activities.

Chicago to Dubuque Passenger Rail

Recent efforts have been underway by Illinois DOT to restore twice daily round trip passenger rail services between Chicago and Rockford. This project received $275 million from the 2019 Rebuild Illinois state capital program, and as of early 2021, has begun preliminary engineering activities with the route stakeholders. Potential future expansion concepts for the corridor between Rockford and Dubuque will continue to be studied, with ECIA/DMATS currently commissioning an updated feasibility study for this route segment, utilizing funds granted to them through Illinois DOT’s statewide planning funds.