transportation

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Peoria Charter Coach has issued a second round of layoffs amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The closing of the Murray Baker Bridge isn’t the only transportation issue facing central Illinois this summer.

As marketing director for the CityLink system in greater Peoria, Emily Watson is accustomed to encouraging people to ride the bus.

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The Illinois Department of Transportation has closed the Interstate 74 bridge in Peoria until the end of October.

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The Pekin City Council unanimously approved a new registration regime for motorized bicycles Tuesday.

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Expect bridge construction to be a constant in the Peoria area over the next few years.

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The Peoria chapter of the International Union of Operating Engineers is expanding its apprenticeship program as the state rolls out its $45 billion capital plan.

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Peoria International Airport is adding nonstop flights to the Music City. 

Commuters are about to get their first taste of the months-long closure of the Murray Baker Bridge to come.

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Passenger trains last rolled into a Peoria train station in the early 1980s. But there may be a way to link the River City's residents to the rails once again.

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Amid a federal corruption probe, a suburban Chicago lawmaker wants to effectively ban red-light cameras.

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The Trump administration is caught in the middle of growing tension between farmers and the oil industry.

Peoria's Harrison Homes residents have a new place to seek assistance.

Located within a former apartment, the Harrison Homes Resource Center will evaluate resident needs and provide appropriate solutions. 

Peoria Police Chief Loren Marion III said a civilian city employee assigned to his department will staff the office a few times a week. The goal is to connect residents with a wide range of needed resources, such as transportation.

Two federal lawsuits were filed Wednesday in Peoria after two teenagers with special needs were reportedly dropped off at the wrong location by the CityLift transit service in separate incidents last month.

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The Greater Peoria Transit Authority will add more electric vehicles to its fleet soon. The Federal Transit Administration has awarded CityLink a $2.3-million Low or No Emission Bus Program grant. Doug Roelfs, general manager of the Greater Peoria Mass Transit District, says the new buses advance the transit’s environmentally conscious mission.   

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A hot and unusually wet summer has stretches of Illinois roads at the breaking point. Drivers are being warned to watch out for road buckling.

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Governor JB Pritzker joined Department of Transportation employees in Edwards today to talk about infrastructure projects planned for the Peoria region.

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One person is dead after a semi tractor-trailer struck another semi broke down on the side of Interstate 74 on Wednesday afternoon.

An Illinois advocacy group is looking to determine the impact of the state transportation lockbox amendment more than a year after voters approved the measure.

A congressman representing a large portion of downstate Illinois will be listening closely to President Trump’s State of the Union address tonight.

Cong. Bustos: Why Tie Immigration To The Budget

Jan 29, 2018

Congress passed yet another short-term spending bill a week ago but only after a three-day government shutdown. The bill funds the federal government through February 8th.

 

That leaves lawmakers just 11 days to develop a spending plan for the fiscal year that began last October. Immigration issues, including the status of DACA children, are at the core of the impasse.

Historic Alton Depot Razed

Dec 12, 2017
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An 89-year-old train depot in Alton is being razed.  Union Pacific had been leasing the building to Amtrak . The passenger rail service started serving passengers at the new Alton Regional Multi-Modal Transportation Center in September. A demolition team began earlier this week by punching a hole in the wall of the building. That allowed benches to be moved out of the interior before machinery proceeded.

Dozens of mayors from around the world have signed a "Chicago Climate Charter.” The summit was designed to address concerns following President Donald Trump's rejection of the Paris climate accord.

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Officials say construction on a national railroad museum in Galesburg won't begin until 2019.

Organizers for the National Railroad Hall of Fame are still raising money through a capital campaign.

 

The goal is to raise $30 million to build the facility, which includes exhibits and an exterior plaza. Construction is expected to take up to two years after the groundbreaking. Federal officials designated Galesburg as the site for the national museum in 2003. A community campaign raised about $1.5 million in 2006.

The city of Chicago has officially submitted its bid to be home to Amazon's second headquarters.

The state of Illinois is looking for residents' help to create a plan to determine how to best use the state's roadway rest areas.

Illinois transportation officials are warning motorists to beware of more active deer as mating season begins.

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A federal agency has rejected an application by Great Lakes Basin Transportation, Inc. to build a railroad through northern Illinois from Wisconsin to Indiana. 

State transportation officials are warning motorists that the expected hot weather over the next few days might cause pavement to buckle around Illinois.

A union representing hundreds of Chicago taxi drivers wants the city to ease vehicle restrictions, waive a tax and eliminate a fee to help what they call a struggling industry.

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