What’s in a name?
Quite a bit, according to Erik Kambarian. The Godfrey resident is asking the Illinois Department of Transportation to consider changing the name of the new Alton Regional MultiModal Transportation Center to the Alton-Godfrey MultiModal Transportation Center.
Kambarian’s reasoning stems from the fact the train stop, platform, and part of the station would technically reside within the village of Godfrey.
“As a Godfrey resident, I feel Godfrey certainly deserves recognition and legally should be included in the official name according to IDOT, Amtrak and all other involved agencies and governments,” Kambarian states in his letter to IDOT.
The village is looking to draft a letter echoing Kambarian’s sentiments to be sent to state officials responsible for deciding on the name of the new state-supported center. The Godfrey Village Board filed a motion for the mayor to write the letter during a meeting Wednesday.
Construction of the 8,000-square-foot high-speed rail service center is expected to be completed in 2016.