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.

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The federal government will help Moline improve transportation. The U.S. DOT and Federal Transit Agency chose Moline and eight other cities to receive special assistance.

Channel Cat Water Taxi

A new project in Moline will result in improvements to a popular bike path along the Mississippi River. The city and MetroLINK have entered an agreement to build a new ferry boat terminal and dock for the Channel Cat Water Taxi, at Ben Butterworth Parkway on River Drive.

City of Moline

Despite a budget stalemate in Illinois, Moline is moving forward with the construction of an Amtrak station. Last night, the city council approved the proposal by Moline and MetroLink to begin funding the project. City Administrator, Lew Steinbrecher, says five years ago, Illinois committed to a 20 percent match of a ten million dollar federal grant. It would pay for the city-owned O'Rourke Building to be renovated into a train station and hotel.But, the state legislature has not put the funds in the budget. So, the project has been on hold, until recently, when the state gave Moline and MetroLink the option to pay for it. 

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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.