Southern Illinois Multi Modal Station (SIMMS)

Carbondale Station Project Rendering

Description: The City of Carbondale was awarded a $13.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation's Better Utilizing Investment to Leverage Development (BUILD) program for the Southern Illinois Multimodal Station (SIMMS) project, a new transportation center in downtown Carbondale. The grant will be utilized for the design and construction of the new multimodal transportation center, as well as the demolition of the existing Amtrak station.  


Anticipated Construction Start Date: April 2022


Anticipated Construction Completion Date: April 2024 


Location: Downtown Carbondale on the east side of South Illinois Avenue


Estimated Project Cost: $17,482,500


Funding Source: $13,986,000 from BUILD Grant, $2,800,000 from IDOT Transit Improvement Program, remaining work will be funded by the City.  


Contractor: TBD


Project Impact: TBD



Construction Updates

7/15/2021 - A public meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, July 29, 2021, from 4 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Civic Center. The meeting will allow the public to engage with consultants and offer feedback regarding the final design of the downtown transportation center. 

4/29/2021 - The City of Carbondale selected Design Works and hmb Architects LLC to design the new downtown transportation center. The design process will include opportunities for the public to engage with the consultants and offer feedback regarding the final design. The City expects a preliminary design for review by the City Council in late 2021. 

12/22/2020 - IDOT announced plans to contribute an additional $300,000 to the construction project, raising their contribution to $2.8 million. 

10/21/2020 – MBE plan approved


07/01/2020 – Federal Transit Administration Agreement approved


06/08/2020 – NEPA categorical exclusion granted


11/6/2019 – City of Carbondale awarded BUILD grant