Channel Cat

Todd Mizener / Argus & Dispatch/Quad-City Times

On Midwest Week, a local agency is helping teach people about construction of the new I-74 bridge.

Michelle O'Neill's guest is Jack Cullen, reporter for the Quad City Times. 

More information about the I-74 bridge construction project (including webcam images) is online HERE. And MetroLINK says the Channel Cat Water Taxi will continue operating on Saturdays and Sundays through October 14th, weather permitting. 

Return of the Channel Cat

May 24, 2018
WVIK News

Just in time for the beginning of summer, the Channel Cat Water Taxi will open for the season. For the 24th year, the signature blue boats will travel between Moline, Bettendorf, and Davenport, across the Mississippi River, starting Friday.

WVIK News

The Channel Cat Water Taxi will carry its last passengers of the year, this weekend. Operated by MetroLINK, the Channel Cat has carried nearly 44,000 people since Memorial Day.

I-74 Bridge Construction Re-Routes Channel Cat

Jul 13, 2017
WVIK News

Beginning Monday, the Channel Cat Water Taxi will travel along a new route to accommodate construction of the I-74 bridge.

WVIK News

With summer about to start, the Channel Cat water taxi is preparing for another season. It will begin taking passengers Friday between Moline, Bettendorf, and Davenport.

Metro Link

The season ends this weekend for the Channel Cat Water Taxi. It will make its final trips across the Mississippi River on Saturday and Sunday. 

Hours for the final weekend will be 11 am until 6 pm.

Metro Link officials & others cut a ribbon at the Channel Cat's new dock in Moline.
submitted / Metro Link

The Channel Cat has a new place to call home. This morning, Metro Link held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the completion of the water taxi's new landing in Moline.

WVIK News

Riders on the Channel Cat will notice some major changes this summer. The water taxi operated by Metro Link will begin its 22nd season Friday, and offer a new phone app to buy tickets, and in July a new "home port" will open, just upstream from the current dock in Moline.

MetroLINK

Access to the Quad Cities river taxi will soon be improved. With construction starting this summer, MetroLINK will add a dock, fleeting area, and pedestrian bridge for the Channel Cat at the Celebration Belle Landing in Moline.Jennifer Garrity, from MetroLINK, says their goal for the homeport is to have more space for the three boats and accommodate people with disabilities. 

The new Channel Cat Homeport will also have a passenger waiting area with displays showing when boats will arrive, plus bike parking and direct connections to the Great River Trail and Western Illinois University in Moline.