Pictured, left to right, are Charlie Monte Verde of Amtrak and Effingham Mayor Jeff Bloemker.
Amtrak Government Affairs Officer Charlie Monte Verde made a recent stop in Effingham to present Mayor Jeff Bloemker with an “Amtrak Served Community” sign and discuss the state of Amtrak in Illinois.
In the Effingham area, Amtrak is a great service for students. On the I-57 corridor, Amtrak provides service to three major Illinois economic drivers: Southern and Eastern Illinois universities and the University of Illinois. For this reason, the corridor is often referred to as the “Knowledge Corridor.”
Locally three Amtrak trains stop at the Effingham station. Last year almost 30,000 passengers took advantage of the Amtrak services in Effingham. In the state of Illinois there are 56 Amtrak trains daily and nearly 5 million riders each year.
“Amtrak provides a vital transportation resource for the people of the Effingham region. The City of Effingham has been made well-aware of this and we will offer support and cooperation to any coalitions that organize to help maintain Amtrak’s services via Effingham,” stated Mayor Bloemker.