Work continues on the train tracks between Chicago and St. Louis, in preparation for high-speed rail service. Trackside improvements will include new train stations along the way. Much has been said about the plan in Alton to build a multi-modal station, but there is also a modest upgrade planned for the one in Carlinville.
Shari Albrecht, Executive Director of the Macoupin Economic Development Partnership, says the Carlinville station is unique.
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She says the station will remain an automated one, with plans to work with local organizations to offer tourist information. High speed service between Dwight and Alton is expected to be up to 75 percent of the corridor is expected to be 75% complete by the end of 2015.
Serving the areas of Alton, Godfrey, East Alton, Wood River, Roxana, Edwardsville, Jerseyville, Brighton, Bethalto, Grafton, Granite City, Hartford, Highland, Troy, Fairview Heights, Belleville and the surrounding cities.