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The most expensive inland waterway project in U.S. history is set to open later this year.

A ceremonial ribbon cutting at the Olmsted Locks and Dam in southern Illinois is scheduled for Thursday.

Advocates for new cruise-control technology for freight-hauling trucks say it could save money on fuel and consumer costs, but opponents of the technology believe it could put others on the road in danger.

Changes at SIU’s Saluki Express Will Expand Routes

Jun 4, 2018
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Students at Southern Illinois University Carbondale will soon have an easier time getting to St. Louis or Evansville Indiana at no extra cost with the help of Saluki Express.

The expanded coverage is available after SIU entered an agreement with Rides Mass Transit District. Starting June 11, RMTD will be the provider for Saluki Express.

As National Bike Month gets underway in May, the City of Carbondale is expanding its bike network.

For instance, the multi-use path at University Mall will be extended to Reed Station Road and a traffic study is underway to determine if bike lanes could be added between Main Street and Grand Avenue.

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Illinois State Police say tractor-trailers collided Tuesday morning on Interstate 57 in Jefferson County.

Troopers say the accident occurred at 10:23 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the interstate at milepost 85.

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A southern Illinois lawmaker is trying to lower costs on downstate truck drivers.

State Representative Natalie Phelps Finnie says she has successfully passed legislation out of a House committee to increase truck hall weights for farmers.

No one was injured in a minor train derailment in Ziegler.

The Franklin County Emergency Management Agency says one car derailed Sunday evening on the Union Pacific line when a section of wheels left the rails.  The train was carrying maintenance rock for the tracks.

The Chester Bridge was reduced to one lane Thursday for a unique reason.

Suntimesnews reports a 10-foot wide restriction was in place so a film crew could work on a documentary for HBO.

Federal funding is headed to Illinois to help with improvements along Interstate 57 in Williamson County.

The Illinois Department of Transportation is receiving 7.6 million dollars through the U.S. Department of Transportation's TIGER grant program.

IDOT Accepting Public Comment on New Rail Plan

Jan 26, 2018

The Illinois Department of Transportation is seeking input from the public about the 2017 Rail Plan.
 
The Plan, a federally required update every five years, is an overview of the state's existing passenger and freight facilities and operations along with strategies for long-term goals.

Raising Missouri’s fuel tax leads off a list of recommendations released Tuesday by a joint House-Senate task force.

The 21st Century Missouri Transportation System Task Force is recommending a 10 cent hike in the gas tax to 27 cents a gallon. It also wants to raise the diesel fuel tax to 29 cents a gallon. Both the gas and diesel taxes have been set at 17 cents for roughly two decades.

The snowfall Christmas Eve gave notice that winter is here in Illinois, and with it hazardous conditions. A recent redesign of

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Amtrak and the Illinois Department of Transportation showed off one of its new locomotives at the Carbondale station Wednesday.

Illinois has received 12 of the 44-hundred horsepower diesel-electric locomotives  that are also being put on routes in Missouri, Michigan and Wisconsin.

As of this month – Illinois is required to have updated signage for emergency situations at rail-road crossings. People can call the number on these standardized blue signs to report track obstructions or other safety issues at specific locations. If a crossing gate is malfunctioning, for example, railroad authorities need to know. 

Veterans Airport of Southern Illinois has secured a substantial amount of FAA funding thanks to a local business.

The Williamson County facility and others like it are required to transport at least 10-thousand passengers each year to be eligible for a million dollars in federal funding.

Southern Illinoisans are asking a lot of questions about an uptick in crashes along Interstate 57 and Highway 13. What’s causing them? How can they be prevented?


Officials in Jackson, Monroe, Randolph and Perry Counties are gaining support to make the two-lane highway, Illinois 127, four lanes. They're calling it the 4 Lane 4 County Commission.

Amtrak Says Its Trains Can Get You to the Eclipse

Jun 28, 2017

If you're planning a trip to Carbondale for the total solar eclipse on August 21st, you might consider riding the train.

Amtrak still has open seats at a discount rate for the eclipse weekend. Whether you're coming from the north or south, Amtrak's Media Relations Officer Marc Magliari says Amtrak is the way to go.

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Two southern Illinois facilities are among the top airports in the state according to the Illinois Department of Transportation.

IDOT recognized six airports with 2017 Airport of the Year awards.

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The Mississippi River Bridge at Chester has re-opened.

The Randolph County Sheriff's office says the bridge that connects Chester and Perryville, Missouri is now open to traffic again.

The bridge closed last Thursday when water on the Missouri side covered the roadway.
 

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The Williamson County Emergency Management Agency wants county residents to report any flood related damage to its office.

Officials are collecting damage assessments in case disaster recovery assistance would become available in the future.

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The state budget impasse has left Illinois months behind in payment to downstate mass transit agencies. That's led to cuts in service from Kankakee to Jacksonville.

They agencies are funded in part by local sales tax collections. But that money has to pass through state government. Even after another $19.3 million dollars was released Monday, the Illinois comptroller's office says the state still owes transit agencies $70 million dollars.

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Illinois U.S. Senator Dick Durbin met Friday with southern Illinois leaders to talk about the impact of proposed federal cuts to transportation.

Durbin says President Trump's plan harshly targets the region.

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The National Transportation Safety Board's says pilot error was to blame in a plane crash in western Kentucky that killed four members of a southern Illinois family.

Teenagers are texting while behind the wheel, despite the law prohibiting it.  And that's not all they're doing. 

The Williamson County airport will have a dedication ceremony on Friday to honor its newly built terminal.

Several downstate mass transit districts say they are on the verge of shutdown — or have already shut down.

Thousands of people rely on the services to get to medical appointments, the grocery store, or even work. And in turn the services rely on the state of Illinois for their funding.

Buick, a subsidiary of General Motors, has become the first domestic brand in more than three decades to earn one of the highest ratings for reliability from Consumer Reports. Results from the Consumer Reports Annual Brand Reliability Survey were released in Detroit Monday.

A proposed amendment to the state’s constitution would protect money set aside for transportation projects. Supporters say the change is needed because money that's supposed to be earmarked for building roads has gone to other expenses over the years. But the amendment could allow some of those practices to continue, while endangering other popular programs. 

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