A proposal by some elected officials in St. Clair County to lobby for a high-speed rail station in East St. Louis came to light back in February, and the Alton City Council is set to respond. A resolution on this week’s agenda states a stop in East St. Louis should not be pursued by either the state or federal government, and is in stark contrast with plans that have been laid out in Alton for the last several years.
One plan by St. Clair County officials has Alton and East St. Louis splitting the number of scheduled stops on each trip, but Alton Mayor Brant Walker says that doesn’t make sense.
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There has been plenty of activity behind the scenes in recent months preparing for a final plan to be submitted to IDOT later this year. A $13.85-million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation was awarded to the project in 2011.