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Posted on: September 25, 2020

MetroLINK joins APTA's "Health & Safety Commitments" Program

APTA Task Force Seal Sign

Rock Island County, IL – The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District is proud to announce that it has joined the American Public Transportation Association’s (APTA) “Health and Safety Commitments Progra...

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Posted on: August 26, 2020

"Sears Crossing" Pedestrian Bridge

Sears Crossing

The final piece of the pedestrian bridge (Sears Crossing) connecting the “Q” Multi Modal Station to Centre Station in downtown Moline was placed this morning, Wednesday, August 26, 2020. The $1.3 million pedestrian crossing is the final piece of the “Q”, ...

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Posted on: December 31, 2018

Miller Lite Helps New Year's Eve Partygoers Celebrate Responsibly with Free Rides on MetroLINK

Rock Island, Illinois (December 31, 2018) – For the first year, the Original Light Beer is proud to partner with Metroand Euclid Beverage to encourage the Quad Cities community to Celebrate Responsibly® on New Year’s Eve. Miller Lite Free Rides® ...

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Posted on: December 14, 2018

New STRETCH commuter bus in Quad Cities Area

(KWQC-12/04/2018)-"There is a new transit commuter system in the Quad Cities that should help alleviate some of the congestion on the I-74 and Centennial Bridges due to construction.

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Posted on: October 15, 2018

Channel Cat Closed for Season Due to River Conditions

(10/10/2018 - Our Quad Cities) The Channel Cat was supposed to wrap up its services for the year this weekend.However, managers decided to end the season early out of safety concerns.

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Posted on: April 13, 2018

Metro unveiling new electric buses Monday in Moline

Dispatch-Argus (4-13-18): "MetroLINK will debut Illinois’ first public transit Proterra battery-electric bus fleet at 2 p.m. Monday in the J.C. Penney parking lot at SouthPark Mall in Moline."

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Posted on: April 9, 2018

MetroLINK awarded $3.16 M for electric buses, charging stations

Dispatch (4-6-18) "MetroLINK will receive $3,165,000 from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Bus and Bus Infrastructure Program to buy electric buses, charging stations and passenger shelters."

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Posted on: February 5, 2018

App allows QC riders to track public buses in real time

WQAD - 2/5/18 - "An app launched in the Quad Cities allows public transportation riders to track their buses in real time..."

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Posted on: December 28, 2017

Celebrate Safely with Metro on New Year's Eve

MetroLINK is pleased to announce the availability of free late-night Metro service on Sunday, December 31, 2017 to accommodate New Year’s Eve festivities in the Illinois Quad Cities. The free service will include two buses operating a Route 10 E...

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Posted on: December 8, 2017

QC Rideshare Portal

On December 8, 2017, Bi-State Regional Commission and QC public transit agencies, in partnership with the Iowa Department of Transportation will launch a regional rideshare portal called QC Rideshare (https://www.iowarideshare.org/Public/Home.aspx?CustomS...

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Posted on: December 1, 2017

District Station Achieves LEED Gold Status

The Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District has announced that their Metro downtown Rock Island, IL District Station has achieved LEED Gold status for sustainability achievement.  The Station incorporates a number of sustainable ele...

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Posted on: November 6, 2017

QC Transit Systems Offering Free Fixed-Route Transit Rides for Veterans Day on Saturday, 11/11/17

Join the three QC transit systems as we pay tribute to all of the men and women who have served our country on Veterans Day. In honor and appreciation of their service, Metro, Bettendorf Transit, and Davenport CitiBus will offer free fixed-route transit r...

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Posted on: September 21, 2017

QC Marathon is much more than a 26.2-miler

(Dispatch - 9/21/17) "The 26.2-mile run gets all of the attention as the namesake race at the Quad Cities Marathon. However, there is so much more to do this weekend at the 20th annual Triumph Community Bank-sponsored event."

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

Channel Cat Water Taxi to Run on Labor Day, Weekends Only After

Labor Day, September 4th, is the last weekday you can catch the Channel Cat Water Taxi for the season. Boats will operate 9 am - 7:30 pm. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children ages 2-10 for all-day, unlimited use on the day of purchase. Check out ...

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Posted on: August 31, 2017

New app aids Davenport bus riders

(Dispatch - 7/31/17) - A free app is now available for Davenport CitiBus passengers to track their rides on smartphones in real time.

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Posted on: July 24, 2017

Floodwaters force Channel Cat to alter route

(QC Times - 7/24/17) The Channel Cat river taxi is making the following adjustments because of high water on the Mississippi River.

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Posted on: July 28, 2017

John Deere Commons dock reopens for Channel Cat

(KWQC - 7/28/17) With the Mississippi River back in its banks, the John Deere Commons dock has reopened for Channel Cat passengers.

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Posted on: July 26, 2017

Moline Township Bus Ticket Program

Moline Township is continuing their bus ticket program for a second year. The program helps low income families with transportation to get their children to and from school.

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Posted on: July 11, 2017

MetroLINK Announces Route Improvements

(QC Times - 7/7/17) - MetroLINK, transit system serving the Illinois Quad-Cities, recently announced it has improved transit routes in East Moline, Silvis, Carbon Cliff and Colona with changes taking effect Monday.

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Posted on: May 26, 2017

How Channel Cat's New Mobile Tickets Will Help You Save Money This Season

(5/25/17 - WQAD) " The Channel Cat begins its 2017 season on Friday, May 26th at 9am, but on Thursday, May 25th, WQAD News 8 got to take the first ride as part of our weekly "Breakfast With..." segment on Good Morning Quad Cities."

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Posted on: May 7, 2017

Channel Cat eyes new ridership record this year

(Dispatch - 5/7/17) Preparations are underway for this year's Channel Cat Water Taxi season to launch later this month.

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Posted on: May 5, 2017

"Your Bike is Your Fare" May 15-19

Bettendorf Transit, Davenport CitiBus, and Metro are pleased to join forces again this year in support of QC cyclists by offering free rides to those who choose to “bike and bus” during Bike to Work Week, May 15 – 19, 2017.

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Posted on: March 7, 2017

MetroLINK Launches TransLoc Rider App to Provide Real-time Transit Information

March 7, 2017 – MetroLINK announced today its partnership with nationally recognized transportation technology provider TransLoc to provide state-of-the-art transit technology tools to local Metro bus system riders. The TransLoc Rider app is now...

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Posted on: February 24, 2017

Officials expect The Q to be ready in May

Dispatch - 2/24/2017 - The project, also known as the Quad-Cities multi-modal passenger rail station and business development, is downtown just south of MetroLINK's Centre Station.

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Posted on: January 2, 2017

Celebrate Safely with Metro on New Year's Eve

(Dispatch - 12/27/16) MetroLINK is pleased to announce the availability of late-night Metro service on Saturday, December 31, 2016 to accommodate New Year’s Eve festivities in the Illinois Quad Cities.

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Posted on: January 2, 2017

Mr. Thanksgiving is back for 46th year

(1/2/17-QC Times) Bob Vogelbaugh, aka "Mr. Thanksgiving," is hosting his 46th annual community dinner from 4-6 p.m. Nov. 24 at the SouthPark Mall in Moline.

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

MetroLINK Getting a Dozen New Buses to Keep Fleet Young

Dispatch (10/7/16): "Pay $1. Get to ride in a $450,000 brand-spanking-new vehicle. MetroLINK is spending $5 million to put a dozen new buses on the road, according to administration manager Jennifer Garrity."

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Posted on: October 7, 2016

MetroLINK Announces the End of the Channel Cat Water Taxi Season

This weekend will be the last weekend until 2017 to catch a ride on the Channel Cat Water Taxi. The seasonal service will end on Sunday.

The Channel Cat will operate a modified schedule Saturday and Sunday as follows: 11:10 am - 6:10 pm.

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Posted on: September 21, 2016

Rock Island County deputies train to handle gunman on MetroLINK bus

WQAD (9/21/16): On 9/21/16, deputies with the Rock Island County Emergency Services Team conducted an active shooter drill on board a MetroLINK bus.

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

MetroLINK Gets $391G Federal Grant to Help Buy $460G Bus

Dispatch Argus (9/8/16): "A $391,000 federal grant will cover 80 percent of the cost for one new bus to be added to the fleet of the Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District (MetroLINK)."

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

An Inside Peak at What Will Become the Q

Dispatch Argus (8/30/16): The O'Rourke building is empty now, still heavy with the feel of its warehouse past, but proponents of The Q on Tuesday detailed the destination they want it to become.

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Battery-Powered Bus to Join MetroLINK Fleet

QC Times (8/26/16): Friday morning, MetroLINK and Proterra offered a sneak peek at MetroLINK’s latest environmentally friendly addition to the agency's sustainable fleet: a 100 percent battery-operated electric bus.

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

The Q Opening Expected in May

Dispatch Argus (8/9/16): "The Q" will be opening a few months later than initially expected — some time in May

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Channel Cat Opens Riverbend Commons

QC Times Article (7/22/2016)
"MetroLINK celebrated the opening of its new Channel Cat landing in Moline on Friday."

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Posted on: August 5, 2016

Upgraded Channel Cat Landing Now in Service

Dispatch-Argus Article (7/22/16) "A new landing for the Channel Cat water taxi upgrades the service and creates a new "gateway" to the Moline riverfront."

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Efforts Unite Neighbors in Floreciente

QC Times (6/18/16): "MetroLINK's request for land for a new bus stop was matched up with an available location in front of the Boys & Girls Club Administration Building."

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

MetroLINK Expands Its Mobile App Technology

APTA Passenger Transport (May 2016): "MetroLINK recently partnered with TransLoc to expand its mobile app technology.

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Posted on: September 8, 2016

Rep. Bustos Stopped by MetroLINK in Rock Island,Talks Federal Funding

WQAD (3/9/16): "US Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in Rock Island Wednesday, March 9 touring the MetroLink's self sufficient maintenance facility."

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