"Pontiac officials were joined by state and Amtrak representatives on June 5, 2017, to dedicate a new $2.65 million station in Pontiac. Lincoln Service trains and the Texas Eagle began making regular stops the following day, relocating from the old Chicago & Alton Railroad (C&A) depot one block north.
The new 1,350 square foot depot is a contemporary structure of red brick interspersed with large expanses of glass. Both ends of the slim building include dramatically angled walls, which are echoed in the peaked seamed-metal roof. In addition to an enclosed waiting room, there is also an open-air waiting area for use during the warmer months. A new, accessible concrete platform includes a detectable warning strip, and customers may enjoy free Wi-Fi while waiting for trains.
Under the Federal Railroad Administrationís High-Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program, the state of Illinois received $1.2 billion to improve the vital Chicago-St. Louis rail corridor so that passenger trains will be able to attain regular speeds of 110 mph. When completed in late 2017, the upgraded line is expected to present an even stronger transportation alternative for drivers along the congested Interstate 55 corridor. Construction of the Pontiac station was funded under the HSIPR."