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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."
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.
The Chan...Read on...
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.
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)."
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.
MOLINE, Ill., August 26, 2016 – Proterra, the leading innovator in heavy-duty electric transportation, today announced that the Illinois Quad Cities’ MetroLINK transit organization, is going forward with the purchase of two 40-foot Proterra XR electric bu...Read on...
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.
Dispatch Argus (8/9/16): "The Q" will be opening a few months later than initially expected — some time in May
QC Times Article (7/22/2016)"MetroLINK celebrated the opening of its new Channel Cat landing in Moline on Friday."
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."
QC Times Article (7/11/2016)"His head resting in tattooed arms, Lamont Swift dozed off while the bus wheels rolled beneath him."
Dispatch - Quad-Cities transit service MetroLINK will be testing a new system to secure wheelchair customers on bus rides, administration manager Jennifer Garrity said Monday.
QC Times Article (7/10/2016)"Passengers who hailed from North Carolina to Otley, Iowa, and places in between enjoyed a cool, and sometimes damp, ride Sunday on the bi-state Channel Cat Water Taxi."
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."
Dispatch-Argus Article (6/23/2016)"Quad-Cities mayors and state representatives gathered Thursday to hail Illinois' renewed commitment to the Chicago to Quad-Cities passenger rail line, although the project remains tangled in the state's budget impasse."
Mass Transit Magazine (6/2/2016)"The Channel Cat Water Taxi, a passenger ferry service run by MetroLINK (Rock Island County Metropolitan Mass Transit District), recently announced the launch of their new account-based mobile ticketing app."
Dispatch-Argus (5/26/2016)"The Quad-Cities MetroLINK Channel Cat water taxi begins its 2016 season today, introducing a smartphone app, new dock and a "Ride & Save" discount program."
APTA Passenger Transport (May 2016): "MetroLINK recently partnered with TransLoc to expand its mobile app technology.
Dispatch-Argus Article (04/25/2016) "A Loop bus fleet has ceased taking passengers to Moline, Rock Island, Davenport and Bettendorf downtowns, ending a five-year run."
WQAD (3/9/16): "US Congresswoman Cheri Bustos was in Rock Island Wednesday, March 9 touring the MetroLink's self sufficient maintenance facility."
QC Times Article (02/02/2016) "The city of Moline is moving forward with its big projects, all the while operating not only within the budget, but expecting an income surplus."
QC Times Article (12/7/2015) The reinvention of SouthPark Mall rolled on Monday as MetroLINK opened a new Metro Mega Stop to provide bus riders with better access to the Moline site.
Dispatch - Argus Article (12/04/2015)"MetroLink has launched service from its newly constructed Mega Stop at SouthPark Mall, 4500 16th St., Moline."
The annual AdWheel Grand Awards award transit systems for categories in marketing and communications. MetroLINK was a first place winner for "Advertisement-Advocacy/Awareness" (for the "Transit Moves the Quad Cities Forward" campaign).Read on...
Dispatch-Argus Article (10/15/2015) "The Channel Cat Water Taxi has ended operations for the 2015 season. "
QC Times Article (9/27/2015) - "When Janet Mathis, president and chief executive officer of Renew Moline talks about "what's next" for Moline, she cites three factors that will bring significant change..."
KWQC Article (9/08/2015) "The Channel Cat Water Taxi ended its regularly scheduled season over the Labor Day weekend, reporting a record ridership for 2015, so far of nearly 40,000 passengers."