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More money could be coming for passenger trains

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Amtrak service in the state of Illinois could see a 46 percent increase in funding.

Governor Pat Quinn called for the funding increase in his budget address last week.

His plan includes $12 million more on passenger rail service, bringing the total spent to $38 million.

But that doesn't mean more train routes. A 2008 federal law requires states to pick up a larger part of the tab for rail routes shorter than 750 miles.

Quincy Mayor John Spring says it's a great asset to the community to have rail transportation available."We've got good economics on these routes, especially the Zephyr and the Carl Sandburg, so I look forward to continuing to have passenger rail - it's being used overwhelmingly by our residents," he said.

Train ridership in Illinois has jumped 85 percent since 2006, and Quincy now has two daily trains to and from Chicago.

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