City officials and lawmakers get a look inside Moline's Q Multi-Modal station

The Q project is on track to bring business to the Quad Cities

MOLINE, Ill. - Moline officials and lawmakers toured the Q Multi-Modal station Monday to see how things are moving forward.

The Q is a $40 million dollar project that has been in the works since 2010.

Officials say it will bring new jobs and make it easier to travel to Chicago from the Quad Cities. 

"This is something that has been in the works for years and we as a community have been talking for years about an Amtrak from Chicago to the Quad Cities," says Illinois Congresswoman Cheri Bustos.  

Bustos says this project brings endless possibilities to the entire Quad Cities.  

After a few stumbles along the way, she says the funding is there and they are making sure Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner stays on track.  

"We are staying on it like a dog to a bone, I can tell you that," says Bustos.  

Moline's Planning and Development Director Ray Forsyth says local, state and federal legislatures have been supportive of this project. 

"It's a huge project, we're layering all kinds of funding to make it work," says Forsythe. 

Forsythe says the funding for this project comes from a $10 million dollar grant from the federal Transportation Department, almost $5 million dollars comes from the state of Illinois, about $6 million dollars from the city of Moline and about $20 million dollars from the developer. 

"We wanted it to be more than just a train station so we recruited the developer," says Forsythe.  

Project developer Mike Amin says they are building a 96 room extended stay and says it will bring in major corporations to the area.

"When we have John Deere training facilities or some other corporate training this will be the ideal location for them," says Amin.  

Amin also says the building will have about 18,000 square feet of retail space for restaurants, coffee shops, shops and entertainment. 

He says it will be a place that everybody can enjoy. 

"When everything comes together, our end of it and the train, its going to be one of those unique situations that few downtown's have," says Amin.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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