Congressional letter supports $14M for rail consolidation
Four members of the Illinois congressional delegation — including the state’s two U.S. senators — have written a letter of support for $14 million in federal funding to begin railroad consolidation in Springfield.
The letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said federal funding is critical.
“The future of the Springfield rail improvement project depends on federal support for rail projects,” said the letter released Tuesday.
The letter was signed by U.S. Sens. Dick Durbin and Mark Kirk, and U.S. Reps. Aaron Schock and Rodney Davis. Durbin is a Democrat. Kirk, Schock and Davis are Republicans.
City and county officials announced earlier this month the $14 million would be used for construction of an underpass at Carpenter Street. It is one of eight underpasses and one overpass included in plans to move Third Street freight and passenger trains to the 10th Street rail line.