Area business, tourism and political leaders are touting the benefits of what may be the biggest transportation upgrade in the Riverbend in Decades. The City of Alton got word Monday that it had been approved for a $13.85-million TIGER Grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation that will be used in conjunction with state and local money to transform much of what is now the Wadlow Municipal Golf Course into a Multimodal Transportation Facility.

Godfrey Mayor Mike McCormick says he is excited about the potential this project holds for the whole area.

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U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello says this will be a growth-builder.

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The state is getting ready to make some large-scale purchases of its own to support the high-speed project. There are plans to acquire 12 locomotives and 30 bi-level passenger cars at a potential cost of up to $233.8-million.