Work for All the Crafts:
Building Normal's Multimodal Transit Hub into Illinois' Second Busiest Amtrak Station
by Thomas Cafcas & Greg LeRoy
The building of Normal, Illinois’ Uptown Station created 140,000 hours of work for construction workers in at least 13 different crafts, who were then suffering the highest unemployment rates of their careers. The station connects Amtrak, local transit, intercity buses, bicycling, autos and pedestrians. Even before high-speed rail service arrives, the attractive new station has become Amtrak’s second-busiest in Illinois and fourth-busiest in the entire Midwest. The $49 million project was supported by a $22 million Transportation Infrastructure Generating Employment Recovery (TIGER) grant, part of the federal stimulus.