Decision clears way for Ill. high-speed rail line

2012-12-18T21:43:00Z 2012-12-26T09:22:54Z Decision clears way for Ill. high-speed rail lineThe Associated Press The Associated Press
December 18, 2012 9:43 pm  • 

CHICAGO — The Federal Railroad Administration has taken action that will allow the full build-out of a high-speed rail corridor between Chicago and St. Louis.

The administration said Tuesday the Rock Island Corridor is the most efficient route between Joliet and Chicago. Officials also chose a route through Springfield that consolidates trains on the city’s 10th Street corridor.

The decisions were the final step needed for environmental approval of the project.

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn praised the action. He said design and construction work may begin once funding is available.  

The $1.5 billion in improvements to the Illinois line are expected to enable speeds of 110 mph over 70 percent of the route by 2015.

That is expected to shave about an hour off the journey between Chicago and St. Louis.

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  1. yosemite sam
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    yosemite sam - December 20, 2012 4:43 pm
    We have to walk fast before we can run. It's too bad that our short-sightedness has left us so far behind in rail transportation.
  2. Two Sheds
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    Two Sheds - December 19, 2012 8:08 am
    Except that it's not "high speed" rail. 110 mph is Europe's 30 year-old cast of technology. Champaign/ Urbana is exploring actual high-speed: a train to Chicago at 220 mph.
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