The Obama Administration’s high-speed rail plans continue to progress
even as Congress fights over the nation’s transportation future.
Ongoing projects in the Chicago-St.Louis corridor would reduce
congestion and increase travel speeds to 110 miles per hour. High-speed
passenger service along this route should start in 2014.
Illinois received $1.2 billion in federal funds for high-speed
passenger rail service. Approximately $1.1 billion will go toward
improvements between Dwight and St. Louis. Much of the corridor
currently operates on just one track, and future plans include
constructing a second track that would allow trains to travel up to 125
mph. An environmental impact study for that project is underway and
should be complete by the end of this year.
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