First High-Speed Train Leaves Union Station

CHICAGO (CBS) — High-speed rail service has arrived in Chicago.

As WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports, a high-speed train pulled out of Union Station Wednesday morning and headed off to Kalamazoo, Mich.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s Regine Schlesinger reports

It is the first time outside of Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor that trains running at 110 mph are running. The first high-speed trains in the Midwest are only running to Indiana and southwest Michigan, but eventually will likely be expanded to St. Louis, Detroit and the Twin Cities.

The faster trains could shave off two hours of travel time between Chicago and Detroit alone.

Construction has already begun for the line from Chicago St. Louis.

In addition, a proposed 220 mph bullet train route would run from Chicago to Champaign-Urbana in less than an hour.

Amtrak spokesman Marc Magliari says the high speed trains won’t necessarily replace air travel for consumers.

“What it does is let people get access to other modes – especially in places like Milwaukee’s Mitchell Field, where we stop every day with 14 trains. People take the trains to the planes, or people take trains instead of planes,” he said.

Magliari says going to an Amtrak station is a lot less hassle than going to the airport.

“You keep your shoes nearly all the time – unless you’re in your compartment or at your seat. Then you can take them off,” he said.

  • tomfromalgonquin

    Detroit? Who would want to go to Detroit? High speed? Compared to what? Check out high speed in France, Germany, Japan, or China. Trains in the thirties ran that fast.

  • Wally B

    The Republicans will not like this!

    • THEE Yard Ape

      WHY?? Because it is sure to turn into another money losing boondoggle and the dems will want to bail it out on the backs of the taxpayers?? YES, you are correct!!!

      @tomfrom – you are correct, so much for the USA continuing to be behind!!!

    • Tasos

      You probably are right, Wally, considering it spells more expense when Federal revenues are down, the State is nearly Bankrupt, and still not anything tangible has been done by the Obama Administration about joblessness. (Credit goes to business owners.) Go figure, huh?

  • Fred

    Yea right that is until the planes are grounded and guess they said it wounld work in the Northeast. Try and get a seat Friday through Monday

  • Toonces

    A B C D E F G H I met a girl in Kalamazoo…….Kalamazoo?!? W da F?!?

  • doug

    What they’re not telling you is that they burn so much fuel going 110 mph on the way to Indiana and Michigan, on the way BACK they go 55 to save on fuel costs. JUST KIDDING!

  • Roberta Waker

    High speed unless CN trains get in the way. Chicago wanted CN, now they have it and all the delays, noise and congestion that comes with it. It’s just a shame that people in the south suburbs have to live in railroad hell because of Chicago.

  • More CN Delays And More And More

    CN is expanding in Homewood, Ill. and Gary Ind. Enjoy!!!!. Two mile long trains, CN loves them.

  • Fred

    Illinois Central’s trains between Chicago and Carbondale routinely ran 100-110 mph in the 1950’s and 1960’s. With equipment built just after World War II. This so SO exciting. We’ve made it all the way back to where we were in 60 years ago.

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