MACOMB, IL – Amtrak has announced that it will be holding a ribbon-cutting for Amtrak train station in Macomb on Wednesday, August 24th starting at 11 a.m.
The event will celebrate the completion of a $2.7 million improvement project of the station, which is served by Amtrak Illinois Zephyr and Carl Sandburg, with trains sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation to and from Chicago and Quincy, including Princeton, Galesburg and Macomb.
The improvements to the Macomb station include a new 300-foot long boarding platform, with a central area comprised of brick
pattern-stamped concrete surface and an embedded hydronic snowmelt tubing system, connected to existing manifolds and a new boiler in the basement level of the station building. The platform includes a detectable warning surface, guardrails, trench drain, LED lighting, signage, and a mobile lift enclosure. A new ramp with landing is provided at each of the station exterior doors facing the platform. New accessible walkways connect the platform with the sidewalk at E. Calhoun Street and N. Randolph Street.
To date, Amtrak has completed 172 ADA station-related projects as part of the ADA Stations Program, including 20 additional stations meeting ADA compliance last fiscal year for $82 million. Another 29 stations are targeted for completion this fiscal year at a forecasted investment of $113 million. The program is also advancing 120 station designs and 40 station construction projects as part of its ongoing commitment to providing accessibility for all our customers. Since 2011, Amtrak has invested more than $554 million in accessibility upgrades throughout the country.