Could the new Alton MultiModal Transportation Center share its name with neighboring Godfrey? That is the hope of at least one Godfrey resident who submitted his request to the Godfrey Village Board for discussion at last night’s meeting. The border between Godfrey and Alton runs along the train tracks where the new high-speed rail station is being built.
Resident Erik Kambarian has been in contact with IDOT and Amtrak about the name change, and the Godfrey Village Board has agreed to send to those involved in the naming process a letter wishing to be included in the name. Trustees Eldon “Twirp” Williams and Sarah Johnes recall a similar request to put the villages name on the new high school when Alton High was moved to Godfrey.
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Since the high speed rail service to Alton is state supported, any decision regarding the change in name of any of the station stops would be made in partnership with the Illinois Department of Transportation, according to an e-mail from an Amtrak representative to Kambarian.
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