Durbin Announces $14 Million TIGER Grant for Springfield Rail Improvement Project

PHILADELPHIA – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today announced $14 million in federal funding for the second phase of rail transit infrastructure improvements in Springfield, IL. Today’s investment, awarded through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER grant program, will support the construction of an underpass at Ash and Laurel Streets as well as the design and planning of a new multimodal facility, which will include an Amtrak station and a bus transfer location. Once the project is completed, the City of Springfield expects a drastic reduction in delays at rail crossing and car-train accidents.
“This important investment not only improves rail speed and service reliability, it helps keep passengers, drivers, and pedestrians safe. It also creates good paying jobs for the people of Springfield,” said Durbin. “I was proud to support this improvement project, and I will continue advocating for strong investments in Illinois’ transportation infrastructure.”