Amtrak Station Celebration & Ribbon Cutting
Local leaders in Effingham and Amtrak officials will celebrate the completion of a $2.5 million improvement of our station with a ribbon-cutting on Tuesday, August 9 at 1pm where the Illinois subcontractors will also be recognized at the event.
To date, Amtrak has completed 171 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 of our customers. Since 2011, Amtrak has invested more than $489 million in accessibility upgrades throughout the country.
Effingham is served by our Amtrak Illini and Salukl, with service to and from Chicago and Carbondale, via Champaign and Mattoon, and the well-known Amtrak City of New Orleans, to and Chicago and its namesake city, and will be restored to daily service in October.
BACKGROUND: Dedicated in 1924, the Effingham station provides a passenger waiting area for Amtrak services sponsored by the Illinois Department of Transportation on the ChicagoCarbondale corridor and the route to and from New Orleans and Chicago. The exterior improvements include a new 700-foot boarding platform with new station signage, a mobile lift enclosure, energy efficient LED lighting, and guardrails. New accessible pathways provide improved connections from the waiting area to the platform and the various access points to the station. Improvements performed simultaneously in the interior were two new powered entry doors, rehanging interior doors, signage, companion seating, and removal of protruding objects to address remaining scope from a previous station interior ADA project.
Tuesday, August 9
1:00pm - 1:30pm
401 West National Ave.
Effingham, IL 62411