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Moline city administrator appointed to railway commission

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The Moline City Administrator has been appointed to the Illinois High-Speed Railway Commission. Bob Vitas was appointed earlier this month by Governor JB Pritzker.

City of Moline

According to a press release from the city of Moline, the commission is planning for a high-speed rail line and feeder network connecting Chicago and St. Louis, including a link between the Quad Cities and Chicago.

A stalemate between the city, Amtrak, and the Iowa Interstate Railroad has left Moline's downtown rail station empty since 2018. Vitas said he won't be able "resolve the issues with Iowa Interstate directly," but that Moline's Amtrak service will connect the city to Chicago.

The high-speed rail line will be integrated with existing rail and intercity bus services to connect Rockford, Moline, Peoria, and Decatur. It would start at O'Hare Airport, and take a little over two hours to reach St. Louis.

Rachel graduated from Michigan State University's J-School and has a background in broadcast and environmental journalism. Before WVIK, she worked for WKAR Public Media, Great Lakes Now, and more. In her free time, she likes to cook, hike, and hang out with her cat.