Alton's desire to re-develop the Wadlow Golf Course on the Homer Adams Parkway is "on-track" to become the new transportation center in the Riverbend, with high speed rail service expected to begin soon. This is the last summer construction season on the project from St. Louis to Chicago, according to state officials. They say even though Amtrak was left out of the newly-signed federal transportation bill, it should not effect the project locally.
Phil Roggio, Alton's Director of Development and Housing:
He says they are ready to move into the next phase of the project.
IDOT is still going through its approval process for the site, which includes looking at other potential sites for a new station. Some that had been proposed back in December included the parking lot the old Colonel Days and Venture Stores shared, across Homer Adams Parkway at the former Alton Cine' grounds, and even out to Godfrey on farmland near the future end of Illinois 255. Roggio believes a final decision on the site will be made by the end of the year.