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Peoria passenger rail station sites narrowed down to 3 riverfront locations

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A postcard depicts Peoria's Union Station at the foot of State Street sometime between 1907 and 1915. The building was destroyed in a 1963 fire.

Three locations along the Peoria riverfront are in the running to become the proposed site of the city's passenger rail station in its upcoming planning study.

The proposed areas include the current sites of the Gateway Building at 200 NE Water St., the former Rock Island Depot (River Station) at 212 SW Water St., and the U.S. Post Office at 95 State St.

Residents of the Peoria area will have their chance to weigh in during an open house from 4 to 6 p.m. April 21 at the Gateway Building.

Members from the planning team will be available to discuss the study to date, gather public feedback, and answer questions.

The preliminary Peoria passenger rail station planning study is funded by the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Tri-County Regional Planning Commission. It's being done in concert with the larger Illinois Department of Transportation's Chicago-Peoria Passenger Rail Feasibility Study eyeing the entire proposed Peoria-to-Chicago line.

The studies are expected to wrap up this spring.

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Tim is the News Director at WCBU Peoria Public Radio.