Tourism in the Quad Cities was on the upswing before the pandemic hit. Numbers released by the U.S. Travel Association show that in 2019, tourists spent almost $1 billion in Scott and Rock Island Counties combined.
U.S. airlines carried 73% fewer scheduled service passengers in July 2020 than in July 2019, according to preliminary data filed with the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS) by 18 airlines that carry more than 90% of the passengers.
The Quad Cities is one step closer to being ready to host passenger rail service, whenever it eventually begins. Last week, a pedestrian bridge was lifted into place connecting Metro LInk's Centre Station in downtown Moline and the future train station across the tracks.
The cost of water for residents of the Quad Cities and Clinton may go up next year. Friday afternoon, Iowa American Water announced a request to the Iowa Utilities Board for an overall rate increase of about 9 per cent, and for residential customers, 14 per cent.
Leisure travelers may be the reason traffic at the Quad City International Airport continues to recover. After dropping to just 2,700 total passengers in April, it's increased steadily, and reached 22,000 in July.
Congress is debating a second emergency relief package, but some Americans still haven't received their first stimulus check. A group of non-profits has formed a coalition called Get My Payment Illinois, and it's working to fix that.