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Renovated Lincoln Depot Now Open in Lincoln, IL

Lincoln, IL is Latest of New Train Stations Opening Along Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Corridor

A host of local dignitaries including current and former Lincoln mayors, railroad officials, transportation officials and representatives of elected state and federal officials were on hand for the ribbon cutting for the completion of renovations and opening of the historic Lincoln Dept in downtown Lincoln, IL (101 N. Chicago St). A large crowd was on-hand for the December 5, 2017 event. Lincoln Mayor Seth Goodman hosted the ceremony, which also included remarks from Illinois State Representative Tim Butler, and Hal Smith from Representative Darin LaHood's office.

According to a press release distributed at the event from the Illinois Department of Transportation, the building, which was constructed in 1911, will return to use as a train depot for the first time in over 30 years. Since that time the Lincoln Depot had been a popular restaurant and banquet center until about ten years ago.

"This impressive facility is just the latest in a string of achievements to improve the passenger experience on one of the country's busiest rail corridors," IDOT Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in the statement.

The remodeled facility features restored windows, doors and the original ticket counter with an antique scale once used to weigh luggage. Additional features include free Wi-Fi, climate-controlled waitng room, and parking for vehicles and bikes. The separate enclosed waiting area replaces a passenger shelter to the north of the depot.

Funding for the $4.04 million Lincoln project is part of a federal grant admnistered by IDOT to introduce better performance and higher speeds on the the Union Pacific Railroad line, which parallels Route 66 through Illinois. The project follows the opening of new station in Dwight, Pontiac and Alton, with one in Carlinville opening soon. Existing stations in Normal and Springfield will also be upgraded beginning in 2018.

A video of the ceremony can be seen below: