A multi–modal train station is rolling into Moline, but for years the process has been slowly chugging along.
The Moline Committee of the Whole approved the development deal. A full proposal will go to council in the coming weeks.
Moline city leaders got to work on bringing Amtrak service to the Quad Cities back in 2008. Since then they have been sorting out the details.
The plan is to put the station into the O'Rourke building in downtown Moline.
In addition to an Amtrak train stop, the station will be home to an extended stay hotel, restaurants and shops.
Tuesday night city leaders approved an agreement with the developer and all the parties involved.
This means folks living in the Quad Cities could be riding the Amtrak sooner rather than later.
The train will also make it easier for out–of–towners to make their way to the area, and with tourists comes more money into our economy.
It is the last major piece of paperwork before construction can get underway. City leaders tell us if everything goes through, the plan is to start construction by the end of the year.
"It's a great opportunity you know we're right on the Mississippi River, you know, a lot of travelers from all over the world want to see the Mississippi River. So if they're in Chicago they can get on the train and come to the Moline, business people can come to the Quad Cities," said Moline Planning and Development Director Ray Forsythe.
Tuesday night at 6:30 city leaders will decide if they like the terms of the agreement.
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