Officials unveil high-speed rail passenger station in Dwight

Oct 31, 2016

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) - A new high-speed passenger rail station has been completed in the northeast Illinois community of Dwight. 

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Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced the completion last week. 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. 

The roughly $3 million project will be paid for through a federal grant. 

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