Officials unveil high-speed rail passenger station in Dwight

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) — A new high-speed passenger rail station has been completed in the northeast Illinois community of Dwight.

The (Kankakee) Daily Journal reports that Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn announced the completion last week. The new station is among upgrades aimed at improving high-speed service between Chicago and St. Louis.

The 1,500-square foot building features a glass facade and modern amenities for passengers on Amtrak’s Lincoln Service. That includes connections to bicycle and pedestrian paths and free Wi-Fi.

Construction began last year at the site of a former grain elevator. It’s near a historic train depot in Dwight.

The roughly $3 million project will be paid for through a federal grant.

New stations are also expected in in Pontiac, Normal, Carlinville and Alton. Stations in Lincoln and Springfield will be upgraded.