The Madison County Board is officially supporting the placement of a new high-speed rail station in Alton. The board voted Wednesday to support the city’s Multi-modal Transportation Center on the Homer Adams Parkway. The center will include a new train station, a bus transfer station, bike and pedestrian trails. The city also plans to include additional development on the former golf course property.
Madison County believes Alton and St. Louis should be the local high-speed rail hubs, bypassing East St. Louis, which entered the race earlier this year. St. Clair County has never officially been considered for a stop, but a rally last spring by United Congregations of Metro East attempted to draw the attention of IDOT to include East St. Louis as an additional hub. Alton has already been awarded $25 million in federal funding for the station and plans are being made for construction to begin in 2015.