Moline approves funds for Amtrak station

Moline approves funds for Amtrak station

There are 11 comments on the WQAD story from Aug 3, 2010, titled Moline approves funds for Amtrak station. In it, WQAD reports that:

Beating the heat inside City Hall Tuesday, Moline aldermen took the needed steps towards bringing passenger rail service to the Quad Cities.

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Dave

United States

#1 Aug 4, 2010
Isn't there a thing called a Bus, that makes this obsolete??
john

Iowa City, IA

#2 Aug 4, 2010
i keep wondering why if this was such a good and profitable thing then why wouldnt a private company have done this before. amtrak is owned by the government and then moline spends money on a railway instead of keeping workers and maybe fixing at least one road. moline is becoming a bad place to live...sad. i wonder how much ray gets out of the $$$$ to sell it to us as a good thing. but if it holds true i will apoligize.
Craig

Iowa City, IA

#3 Aug 4, 2010
Could be interesting. I've never riden a train before. Oh come on, I don't know where you've lived, but Moline isn't THAT bad "dude above."
Bugslayer

Orion, IL

#4 Aug 4, 2010
Rightous, about time! a train to chicago costs 20 bucks each way, no need to fight traffic to go to chicago anymore. To all those naysayers the Quads deserve a passenger train, wonderful way to travel. Whoever posted thats what buses are for you're welcome to them. I have travelled by bus,train, and plane. For value and ease I will take the RR everytime
GreenAsInCash

Chicago, IL

#5 Aug 4, 2010
Amtrak is literally a trainwreck. It is costing us so much money via taxes that it makes me sick.

I dare any of you uninformed persons who actually want Amtrak to come here to read this: http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php...

It sounds like a great idea, and yes it would be fun and convenient, but really how ofter are you REALLY going to go to Chicago on this thing? That's what I thought.
Old Geezer

Bailey, CO

#6 Aug 4, 2010
I can remember riding the Rock Island Lines Rocket to and from Chicago as a kid. This was in the 1960's. We left from Rock Island depot and arrived at the Lasalle Street station in Chicago. So, you wonder what happened to that service? The passenger cars were only about 25% full. Major money loser. And, the tracks needed a huge upgrade that did not make economic sense.

It appears to me that some politician is looking for a toy at tax payer expense. Do you really think people in Chicago are going to jump on the train and come to the Quad Cities to go gambling? Sure! Just like they supported the Quad City Downs!!!

Is this the highest priority for your tax dollar? Are you ready for an increase in property tax or sales tax to subsidize this service?

You need to look the politician supporting this in the eye and just say no. Then vote them out of office.
Bugslayer

Orion, IL

#7 Aug 4, 2010
yes the QC had RR service and it faded away, used very little. Because you had the new interstate system and .25 a gallon gas also. Big engined luxery cars that ran 90 mph all day....Geezer those days are gone (I remember them also a bit long in the tooth myself) now jump back 3 years ago when gas was $4.25 a gallon.....train ride to chicago for $20? sounds like more than a bargain to me. The train system works for every country in the world except for one.....ours! why? our continued reliance on the automobile to the ruin of our country and now the enviroment.
how many times a year do I go to chicago?....about 5 or 6 times a year, because I hate the traffic....parking is a nightmare. End up taking cabs anyway or walking. With a train I will probably go far more often. No fatigue from driving...play on my laptop until I get there, or have a few beers on my way to a Bears game...no DUI, no danger to others....yeah the train is sounding pretty good,
obaby

Frankford, DE

#8 Aug 4, 2010
I would like to see the land barons at city hall quit buying propertys and maintain what we already own or owe on.The money comes from your pocket and mine. It is still tax dollars federal or from the broken state of illinois.
Vicki

Valdosta, GA

#9 Aug 4, 2010
I wonder if they're planning on adding more towns to their route other than IA City. I've never rode on a passenger train before, so don't know very much about it.
ScottU

Dwight, IL

#10 Aug 4, 2010
Moline politicians spending money to build a crystal palace. You know they will over spend our money. I will bet you my life that local taxes are going up. Why in this time and in this economy? Time to say NO and vote these city officials OUT OF OFFICE !
Jody

Clinton, IA

#11 Aug 13, 2010
I ride the train from Galesburg to Chicago at least 6 times a year. I have found rail travel to be completely relaxing and stress free, not to mention economical because I am not paying for gas to and from the city along with inflated parking prices in the city.
I CANNOT WAIT for this to get here. I can also point out several instances where I have ran into QC residents boarding the train in Chicago heading back to Galesburg.
Yay Moline!

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