Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station

BUILD Grant Awarded

The City of Carbondale was awarded a $13.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program for the Southern Illinois Multimodal Station (SIMMS) project, a new transportation center in downtown Carbondale. The grant will be utilized for the design and construction of the new multi-modal transportation center, as well as the demolition of the existing Amtrak station.

Carbondale Station Project Rendering

Project Description

Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station (SIMMS) is a project that has local and regional significance. The proposed SIMMS will serve a population that is currently underserved and demonstrates a greater need than the Carbondale population as a whole. The SIMMS will provide an improved and efficient equitable distribution of transportation opportunities and access to resources at the proposed central location. Equally important, development of SIMMS will allow transit riders to connect to points as much as 120 miles away in a more direct manner, and be the fundamental conduit to improved connectivity.

2019 BUILD Grant Application

2018 BUILD Grant Application

Other Documents and Resources

Location Map of Proposed Station

The proposed Southern Illinois Multi-Modal Station (SIMMS) is located at the site of the existing Amtrak passenger station in Downtown Carbondale, Illinois. The site is located between the existing Canadian National (CN) railroad tracks on the east and Illinois Avenue on the west. Illinois Avenue is the northbound travel lanes for the US Route 51 coupler through Carbondale. View the map of the proposed station location (JPG).

Amtrak Ridership Statistics

The existing Amtrak passenger station was built south of the old Illinois Central railroad passenger depot in 1981. The Carbondale station is the southern terminus of the Amtrak Illini and Saluki routes which provide daily service from Carbondale to Chicago. The Carbondale station is also the northern terminus for the City of New Orleans route which provides daily service to New Orleans.

The Carbondale Amtrak Station is the fifth busiest station in Illinois and the third busiest along the CN Chicago to Carbondale line, behind Chicago Union Station and the Champaign-Urbana station. View more stats about Amtrak riders (JPG).

Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) is located approximately one mile from the Multi-Modal Station, and will be included as part of the route for SIUC’s mass transit system (Saluki Express). Bicycle and pedestrian facilities are also planned to connect the Multi-Modal Station to campus and student housing areas as well. Other universities, such as the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Eastern Illinois University are located along the Amtrak Illini and Saluki routes in Illinois.

Students at SIUC not only travel between home and school via Amtrak but students also visit friends and attend events at other universities via train. Shuttles, ride services, family, and friends transport students to the Station that are traveling to other universities outside the Carbondale area, including St. Louis, Missour, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Evansville, Indiana, and Paducah, Kentucky.

Student Services Building