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The Channel Cat Water Taxi is all done for the season. Because of cold weather, Metro Link decided to cancel the final weekend. 

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Now that the Mississippi River is finally back below flood stage, the Channel Cat Water Taxi has officially launched its new season. 

Thanks to a federal grant, Metro Link has been able to buy five more "battery electric" buses. The public transit provider for the Illinois Quad Cities officially added them to its fleet during a a celebration  Wednesday morning.


A new bus service is designed to reduce traffic congestion during construction of the new I-74 bridge. On Monday the "Stretch" commuter bus service began carrying people between Bettendorf and downtown Moline, and Bettendorf and downtown Rock Island.

Return of the Channel Cat

May 24, 2018

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.

MetroLink's Jennifer Garrity listens as Bob Vogelbaugh talks about his annual dinner.
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People who live in the Illinois Quad Cities can get a free ride and a free turkey dinner on Thanksgiving. Tomorrow at noon is the deadline to make a reservation for MetroLink to pick up those who want to go to Mr. Thanksgiving's annual meal at SouthPark Mall in Moline.

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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.

Bright green bus parked along a sidewalk
Michelle O'Neill / WVIK News

MetroLink will expand its bus fleet next spring with two, new electric buses. This morning, the mass transit agency and Proterra bus company gave journalists a ride on a battery-powered bus.

Davenport CitiBus

Davenport will begin talks with MetroLink about creating a regional bus system. Last night, the city council authorized staff to meet with MetroLink, which serves the Illinois Quad Cities.

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