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Transportation of Illinois

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Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is responsible for the management of transportation of the state which includes railways, roadways, canals and terminals such as railway station, airports, bus stations etc. It manages inter-connectivity of all the transportation means for the efficient movement of goods and people of the Illinois.
The department is headquartered in Springfield and has five district offices located through the state.Image source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/

Road Transportation in Illinois

The state Department of Transportation has come up with many effective ways to improve the road transportation. IDOT uses a versatile approach to deal with travel needs and assist protect the security and well-organized movement of people and goods on highway system.

Illinois Bus Services

Illinois department of Transportation effectively manages Illinois Bus Network.Image source:
To connect the 400 million bus riders and countless visitors, Illinois department of Transportation effectively manages their operations.There are 63 public Transit operators which help reach their destinations. Illinois transit systems supported more than 736 million trips in 2013 – across the state, from rural to urban areas. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) manages the operation of the nation's second largest public transportation system, encompassing the city of Chicago and nearby suburbs, and transporting over 545 million riders a year. The CTA system is composed of 140 bus routes and 242 miles of rapid transit rail track [1].

To read the complete Bus Network of Illinois click here.

Illinois Commercial Motor Vehicles
Illinois commercial motor vehicles comprises of large trucks and motor coachesImage source: https://truckpermits.dot.illinois.gov/
Illinois Commercial Motor Vehicles which helps in buying and selling of goods and services has to meet certain minimum standards when operating on Illinois interstates and highways. Illinois Department of Transportation issues oversize and overweight permits to ensure the safety of travelers. To read more about the information on weight and size click here. There are 30 rest areas and 11 welcome centers throughout the state to augment comfort to travelers.

The major highways of Illinois-

I24- It connects I57 to Kentucky state line.

A major list of Illinois Interstate Highways Image source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/
I39- It connects 155 to Wisconsin line of North of Rockford

I55- It connects Chicago to St. Louis Mo

I57- It connects Chicago to Kentucky

I64- It connects St. Louis to Mt. Veronon and Evansville.

I72- It connects Champaign to near Hannibal, MO.

I74- It runs across Central Illinois and exits at Danville.

I88- It connects Chicago to Iowa.

I90- It connects Chicago to Beloit WI

Scenic Byways

The National Scenic Byways Program is part of the U.S. Department of Transportation which provides historic, recreational, cultural, archeological, and natural profits to the state of Illinois and to those wandering on Illinois roadways. Illinois is home to seven nationally designated Scenic Byways.

Illinois’ seven national Scenic Byways: the Great River Road, the Lincoln Highway, Meeting of the Great Rivers, Historic National Road in Illinois, Ohio River Scenic Route, Illinois River Road and Historic Route 66.

Rail Transportation in Illinois

Illinois Train Services
Illinois has the second major rail system in the country.Image source: http://www.amtrak.com/
There are 41 railroads which provide services through-out the state and from state to every part of the nation. About 500 freight trains (totaling about 37,500 freight cars) and 700 passenger trains including commuter lines, pass through Chicago every day [2].
The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) cooperates with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to ensure the safety of rail roads.

To read more about the Rail network click here.

The Illinois train services consists of five trains operated by Amtrak and provides daily services between Chicago and other cities.
  • Illinois Zephyr: daily service between Chicago and Quincy, IL

  • Illini Service: daily service between Chicago and Carbondale, IL

  • Saluki: daily service between Chicago and Carbondale, IL

  • Carl Sandburg: daily service between Chicago and Quincy, IL

  • Lincoln Service: daily service between Chicago and St. Louis, MO

Wi-Fi is available on all Illinois Service trains. High Speed rail from Chicago to St Louis is very popular among travelers.

Train stations are as follows-

Chicago Union station-
Station Building (with waiting room)
225 South Canal Street
Chicago, IL 60606
Chicago Union Station is chosen as a top 10 Great Public Spaces for 2012 by the American Planning Association, for its design, architecture and operation.

Summit, IL (SMT)
Platform with Shelter
Archer Avenue and South Center Avenue
Summit, IL 60501

Joliet, IL (JOL)
Station Building (with waiting room)
53 Mayor Art Schultz Drive
at East Jefferson Street
Joliet, IL 60432
It has relocated to 53 Mayor Art Schultz Drive (temporary) until late 2016 due to construction work.

La Grange, IL (LAG)
Platform with Shelter
25 West Burlington Avenue
La Grange, IL 60525

Naperville, IL (NPV)
Station Building (with waiting room)
105 E. Fourth Ave.
Corner of 4th Avenue & Ellsworth Street
Naperville, IL 60540

Princeton, IL (PCT)
Station Building (with waiting room)
107 Bicentennial Drive
Princeton, IL 61356

Kewanee, IL (KEE)
Station Building (with waiting room)
210 West Third Street
Near 3rd and North Tremont Streets
Kewanee, IL 61443

Galesburg, IL (GBB)
Station Building (with waiting room)
225 South Seminary Street
Galesburg, IL 61401

Macomb, IL (MAC)
Station Building (with waiting room)
120 East Calhoun Street
Macomb, IL 61455

Quincy, IL (QCY)
Station Building (with waiting room)
North 30th Street and Wisman Lane
Quincy, IL 62301

Homewood, IL (HMW)
Station Building (with waiting room)
18015 Park Avenue
Homewood, IL 60430

Kankakee, IL (KKI)
Station Building (with waiting room)
199 South East Ave.
Kankakee, IL 60901

Gilman, IL (GLM)
Platform with Shelter
US Highway 24 & West Wenona Street
Gilman, IL 60983

Rantoul, IL (RTL)
Platform with Shelter
West Sangamon and North Kentucky Avenues
Rantoul, IL 61866

Champaign, IL (CHM)
Station Building (with waiting room)
45 East University Avenue
2nd floor
Champaign, IL 61820

Centralia, IL (CEN)
Station Building (with waiting room)
110 South Oak St.
at Broadway
Centralia, IL 62801

Du Quoin, IL (DQN)
Station Building (with waiting room)
20 North Chestnut Street
Du Quoin, IL 62832

Carbondale, IL (CDL)
Station Building (with waiting room)
401 South Illinois Avenue
Carbondale, IL 62901

Dwight, IL (DWT)
Station Building (with waiting room)
119 West Main Street
Dwight, IL 60420

Lincoln, IL (LCN)
Platform with Shelter
101 North Chicago Street
Lincoln, IL 62656

Springfield, IL (SPI)
Station Building (with waiting room)
100 North Third Street
Springfield, IL 62701

Air Transportation in Illinois

O’Hare and Midway International Airports sees an enormous arrival of domestic and international flights every day with passengers traveling to and from Chicago. O’Hare airport is also known as Chicago international airport or O’Hare. The state is home to approximately 107 public/private airports with over 4,800 registered aircraft. The Illinois system of airports supports more than 337,000 jobs with a combined payroll of $12.8 billion and economic output of $40.9 billion. Across the state, there are over 750 aviation facilities, including heliports, ultra-light landing facilities balloon, glider, and grass landing strips [3].

Major Airports in Illinois are

O’Hare International Airport

It is an international airport located on the Far Northwest Side of Chicago, Illinois. O'Hare is a major hub for American Airlines and United Airlines, as well as for other regional carrier Air Choice One and a focus city for Frontier Airlines and Spirit Airlines.

Contact Details:
10000 Bessie Colman Drive,
Chicago IL 60666
(Cook, DuPage Counties)

MidAmerica Airport
It offer flights to Sanford Orlando, Florida & Tampa Bay/St. Pete, Florida from MidAmerica St. Louis Airport. The entire Midway International Airport has approximately 840 acres and is situated within the City of Chicago.

Contact Details:
MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
MidAmerica St. Louis Airport
9656 Air Terminal Drive,
Suite 100. Mascoutah, IL 62258
(St. Clair County, Illinois)

The Central Illinois Regional Airport

It offers daily flights to Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas-Ft. Worth, Detroit, Minneapolis-St. Paul and beyond.

Contact Details
The Central Illinois Regional Airport
3201 CIRA Drive,
IL 61704 (McLean County)

Greater Kankakee Airport

Greater Kankakee is a general aviation airport which comprises mostly private aircraft for corporate and business aircraft usage.

Contact Details
813 A East 4000 South Rd.,
Kankakee, IL 60901
(Kankakee County)

Moline - Quad City International Airport

The Quad City International Airport is situated in Moline, IL which handles travelers throughout Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. There are four airlines having 11 nonstop hubs with dozens of nonstop flights daily.

Contact Details
2200 69th Ave.
Moline, Illinois 61265
(Rock Island County)

Springfield Capital Airport

Travelling in and out in Springfield is easy with multiple daily flights to Chicago's O'Hare International Airport and Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport. There are regional jets to fly you in comfort to both major airports.

Contact Details
Abraham Lincoln Capital Airport (ALCA)
1200 Capital Airport Drive,
Springfield, Illinois 62707
(Sangamon County)

Waterway system

The recognizable shape of Illinois is defined by the Wabash, Ohio and Mississippi Rivers.
Illinois has 1,095 miles of passable waterways that surpasses through the state.Image source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/
These waterways grant the state better associations to both the Atlantic Ocean (through the St. Lawrence Seaway and the Great Lakes) and the Gulf of Mexico (via the Mississippi). The port of Chicago proffers workstations that hold ocean and lake vessels. It is maintained by the Illinois International Port.The Lake Michigan port has12 railroads and has undeviating access to Interstates. IDOT also owns and functions two ferries that cross the Illinois River.
The Illinois International Port transports several general freights than any other port on the Great Lakes, averaging to a total (waterborne) tonnage of over 19 million tons every year, maintaining Chicago’s place among the top 36 ports in the nation [4].

The Illinois International Port District

The port develops and maintains a world-class port that functions as a modern and strategically driven facility. The
The Illinois International Port District Image source- http://iipd.com/
Illinois International Port District works on producing and growing economic activity and employment for the profit of the City of Chicago and State of Illinois. It was established by General Assembly to expand the economy by creating more jobs.

Contact Details:
The Illinois International Port District
3600 East 95th Street
95th and the Lakefront
Chicago, Illinois 60617

CREATE Mega Project

The Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency Program (CREATE) is a first-of-its-kind partnership involving the U.S. Department of Transportation, the city of Chicago, State of Illinois, Amtrak inter-city train service, Metro commuter train service,and the nation's largest freight railroads. CREATE will devote billions in perilously needed developments to enhance the effectiveness of the state’s passenger and frail infrastructure and improve the quality of life for the residents.

Program Goals:
  • Advance passenger rail service
  • Diminish freight rail congestion to boost regional and national economic competitiveness
  • Reduce motorist delay
  • Improve public safety
  • Endorse economic development
  • Create more jobs
  • Improve air quality
  • Reduce noise from idling or slow-moving trains
To read more about the CREATE Project click here.

Transportation Safety

Illinois Department of Transportation works effectively toward the safety of travelers. They ensure safety of all modes of transportation which comprises of Roadways, Railways and Airways safety.

Roadways Safety-

The department has maintained Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) which involves Engineering, Education, Enforcement and Emergency Medical Services.

The department has maintained Strategic Highway Safety Plan (SHSP) to eliminate all fatal and serious injuries on all Illinois Roadways.Image source: http://www.idot.illinois.gov/
For complete information on Roadways safety of Illinois click here.

Railways Safety-

The Illinois Commerce Commission (ICC) works with the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) to make sure railroad safety of Illinois. The Commercial Transportation Law creates general safety requirements for track, facilities and equipment belonging to rail carriers within Illinois, and gives the Commission authority to manage and implement those requirements.

For complete information on the Railways safety of Illinois click here.

Aviation Safety-

Illinois Department of Transportation makes sure the safety of all airports by conducting inspections of all landing facilities to be sure they meet safety standards to ensure general aviation airport safety and runway safety. The Department conducts aviation safety seminars on various safety-related topics every year. There are presentations on new technology by industry experts and representatives. They also talk about the regulations to provide a dynamic educational training and opportunities to the pilot community.

For more information on the Aviation safety of Illinois click here.

Environment Regulations

All transportation projects which engross the use of state and federal funds are always required to follow formal measures intended to protect the natural environment which comprises wetlands, plants, animals, air and water quality, archaeological and historic sites, and agriculture and communities. Illinois Department of Transportation conducts inspection and coordinates projects with state and federal resource agencies.

For more information on the Environment policies of Illinois click here.

  1. Illinois Bus Network
  2. Illinois Train Services
  3. Illinois Airways
  4. The Illinois International Port
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