Deal Reached On Chicago-St. Louis High-Speed Rail

CHICAGO (AP) – Federal, state and railroad officials have signed an agreement that they say moves Illinois closer to having high-speed passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin, Gov. Pat Quinn and officials with Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak signed Wednesday’s agreement.

The deal means construction on the high-speed rail line will continue in the spring in central Illinois. Work on this phase is expected to end next fall.

Officials say the high-speed corridor between St. Louis and Chicago should be running by 2012.

Amtrak reported in September that ridership on its rail line between Chicago and St. Louis was up 11 percent over the last fiscal year. The line is one of Amtrak’s most popular routes.

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  • shorebreeze

    Great news. I took the train to St. Louis a few weeks ago and the ride was already way improved. On the part they’ve already rebuilt you simply don’t have to hold on to anything when you’re walking around the train. I’m looking forward to having an hour and a half off the time, then I won’t be driving the route anymore. Hopefully they add a few frequencies as well.

    Now if we could just add as good a connection to the el at Union Station as St. Louis station has to its light rail . . . .

  • righttrack

    So they show a picture of a German high-speed train with this story.

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