When Quincy aldermen arrived to the City Council meeting Monday night, an invitation to the ribbon cutting ceremony for the Macomb City Center Bus Transfer and Amtrak Parking Facility was at their seats.
During the meeting, Quincy Mayor John Spring encouraged aldermen to attend.
“If you have time and you can go up, I would encourage you to look at the facility,” he said.
The project was the first phase of a project that also includes a bus garage and maintenance center. Macomb was awarded $6.47 million though the Illinois Jobs Now! program.
Quincy was awarded $6 million last year through the Illinois capital plan to construct a multi-faceted transportation center that would serve Amtrak, Quincy Transit Lines, Trailways buses and other transportation services. However, alderman for the most part have been wary of such a project. The city never had any direct plans for the project and were concerned about what to do with the city’s existing Amtrak station and upkeep of a new larger facility.
In April, the council reallocated $35,000 that was once set aside for a feasibility study of the proposed intermodal facility, basically ending the pursuit of the facility. Aldermen have made it clear that they would not support such a project.
It seems Spring may be trying to change minds on the council, though the $6.6 million hydropower bond the city is currently working to pay back will make aldermen wary about spending any money on a large project in the near future.
No plans on a facility ever were presented to the council, though a preliminary plan introduced to the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce showed five sites for consideration, including 501 N. Second where Feed Distributors Inc., a feed warehouse, is located. Space estimates for the facility were 7,500 square feet for offices and a waiting area, along with parking for 200 vehicles.
Operating costs were not included in a plan, though the administration expected that the office space for the Quincy Transit Lines would receive the same 85 percent operating support from the Illinois Department of Transportation.