The Bureau of Railroads administers rail service
programs that supplement rail passenger service provided by Amtrak's national
system and preserve rail freight service. The state sponsors 20 rail passenger
trains service between Chicago and Springfield, Champaign-Urbana, Quincy and
Milwaukee. These trains supplement service provided by approximately 38 national
Amtrak trains. Under the rail freight program, IDOT administers low-interest
loans to finance rail improvements that will preserve freight service critical
to keeping and expanding industry and employment.