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Channel Cat Will Add East Moline Stop


With help from some federal money, service by the Channel Cat passenger ferry will expand to East Moline. MetroLINK has just received a 1.8 million dollar grant from the Federal Transit Administration.

MetroLINK Manager of Administration, Jennifer Hirsch, says the money will pay for a dock at The Bend, including design, site preparation, an accessible dock, security, and other amenities.

"We just received the award so we have to go through our planning process, which includes environmental work. So it likely will be 2023 before we would see any sort of activity occurring."

She says the idea for a Channel Cat stop at The Bend came from a committee in 2020 that wanted to come up with ways to connect the new hotel and restaurant development with the Rust Belt and downtown East Moline.

The Channel Cat now stops at the Village of East Davenport, the Isle Casino and Hotel in Bettendorf, and in Moline at John Deere Commons and the Ben Butterworth Parkway.

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A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois. While a graduate student in the Public Affairs Reporting Program at the University of Illinois at Springfield (then known as Sangamon State University), he got his first taste of public radio, covering Illinois state government for WUIS. Here in the Quad Cities, Herb worked for WHBF Radio before coming to WVIK in 1987. Herb also produces the weekly public affairs feature Midwest Week – covering the news behind the news by interviewing reporters about the stories they cover.