|Area lawmakers and officials from Knox, Bureau, Henry, McDonough, and other counties linked by a common Amtrak route once again got together Thursday through an initiative started by State Representative Don Moffitt.
Downtown Galesburg was the host of Moffitt's second meeting of a task force put together to help promote the Chicago-to-Quincy Amtrak route, and to promote the communities in that area as well.
Moffitt was asked if there is any concern about a planned new Amtrak route through the Quad Cities will siphon off ridership in this area. The Gilson Republican says it may, but the Quad Cities may want to get on board with him.
"Every time you can enhance or increase the number of options that you have when you get on a train, it attracts even more ridership," Moffitt said. "It makes it a better choice of transportation. If you can get from here to there -- as opposed to times where it's hard to get from here to there. So, if we could ever connect the Quad Cities, and Peoria, and Bloomington, and Champaign, and Danville, it could be tremendous."
Moffitt says, however, that's a ways down the road.
Amtrak officials including former Macomb Mayor Tom Carper, who's Amtrak Chairman of the Board, also were in attendance. They said they appreciate such a coalition being formed, because it helps Amtrak do better.
(State Representative Don Moffitt's coalition met Thursday at 156 East in Galesburg. WGIL News Story and Photo by Will Stevenson.)