Official name of passenger rail station reflects the community -- "The Q"

Posted Online: July 21, 2014, 9:44 pm
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By Dawn Neuses,

MOLINE -- A single letter was chosen to represent the collective Quad-Cities and its upcoming passenger rail service between Moline and Chicago.

"The Q" is now the official name of the passenger rail station and development of adjacent property, stretching from 12th to 15th streets from 4th Avenue to the railroad tracks.

"For a long time, the station had really long names. It was the Moline Multi-Modal Station. Then it was the Quad City Multi-Modal Facility. We knew going forward, it had to be something shorter and easier to relate to," said Janet Mathis, executive director of Renew Moline.

The station was always identified as "multi-modal" because it will hold or link people to various modes of transportation, including passenger rail, rapid transit, rental cars, taxis and the riverfront recreation trail.

The letter "Q" was chosen to represent the Quad-Cities. While the station is located in Moline, it is an asset to the entire Quad-Cities and important to the collective community, she said.

In addition, "Q" is a play on words, as the word "queue" stands for a place people gather, usually to wait.

Ms. Mathis said "The Q" is being designed to be a gathering place, not only for those waiting for passenger rail but also for visitors and families. The first floor will hold the station and some retail and restaurant space. A sky walk is planned as well as a park-like space on a triangle of ground just east of the station.

Ms. Mathis said the name "The Q" was chosen by the owners group, which includes the city, MetroLink, Amin Group, Renew Moline and Solis Russell, a company hired to help all of the parties involved work through the development process.

Ms. Mathis said before deciding on the name, the group sought feedback from the Quad Cities Chamber, The Network Young Professionals of the Quad Cities and the Renew Moline board.

"We listened to everyone's ideas and thought this ended up being the best name," Ms. Mathis said.
"We finally have a brand that we will build on to recognize this station. It is good to have a real identity," she said.

The Amin Group plans to renovate the upper floors of the building into The Element by Starwood, an extended stay hotel that will be located within The Q and will maintain its own brand.

Construction of the station, first floor retail space and extended-stay hotel are expected to start this year and be completed before the state launches passenger rail service between Moline and Chicago in 2016.


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