Lincoln rail station back in business after renovations
The Amtrak train station in historic downtown Lincoln, build in 1911, is once again taking passengers after a 30 year break thanks to recent renovations, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) said in a release.
“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,” Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn said in the release. “The station not only highlights Lincoln’s rich history, but provides travelers and commuters with a great option to get to where they need to go.”
The renovation project is part of IDOT’s continuing efforts to improve rail service between Chicago and St. Louis. The Lincoln station features elements reminding passengers of its legacy, like the original ticket counter, as well as modern amenities like free Wi-Fi and a climate-controlled waiting room.
“Lincoln is truly fortunate to have such a beautifully restored depot that will serve our community for many, many years to come,” Lincoln Mayor Seth A. Goodman said, according to the release. “We are thankful and grateful for the vision, hard work and long hours that went in to the redesign. Now that it’s finished, not only will our own citizens be able to view and use the station, but it will be an amazing facility to greet and welcome countless visitors passing through our city.”