Update: The meeting was canceled as of Friday. Chuck Bevelheimer, director of planning and development, said the city has to “get the scope our project put together to go forward with the public hearing.”
A public hearing on the proposed “intermodal transportation facility” is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. Sept. 7 in the Quincy Senior and Family Resource Center.
Quincy was awarded a $6 million grant from the state to develop the facility, which could include Amtrak trains, Quincy Transit Lines buses, taxi services, Trailway buses and shuttle vans operated by hotels and private businesses.
The notice provides a description of what the facility could contain.
“The City of Quincy is evaluating sites for a multi-modal facility that would concentrate on rail, public intercity transit, private intercity and interstate transit, local and regional airport shuttle services, private transportation, park and ride access, bicycle and walking trails into one building. The actual size of the facility has not been determined but will be based upon the transit uses and the necessary accommodation such as office space, waiting rooms, public restrooms and storage spaces. In addition it is expected private lease space will be planned in the facility to accommodate convenience shops, such as news stands, coffee shops, ATM and travel information,”
Locations suggested for the terminal included an unspecified location downtown near the riverfront and at a site near the Illinois Veterans Home.
During a July 26 Finance Committee meeting, Aldermen Tony Sassen, R-4, and Mike Farha, R-4, both expressed concern about disposing of the current Amtrak facility at 30th Street and Wismann Lane and the cost of maintaining a new facility.
The City Council also heard from Quincy Tea Party organizer Steve McQueen, who said the grant should be returned to the state, because it is behind payments to schools and organizations across the state.