CHICAGO (CBS) — Illinois is in line for funding to purchase some new trains.
As WBBM Newsradio 780’s David Roe reports, U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood says Illinois receive a share of $334 million awarded to five states in total, which will be used to buy next-generation trains.
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The money is to be spent on purchasing 33 locomotives and 120-bi-level passenger cars for use on the Midwest’s developing high speed rail network.
Illinois, along with California, Iowa, Michigan and Missouri, will make a single bid to get the most favorable prices.
Transportation officials say President Barack Obama’s administration has kicked in more than $10 billion to lay the groundwork for high-speed rail networks.
One proposed 220 mph bullet train route would run from Chicago to Champaign-Urbana in less than an hour. In June, Gov. Pat Quinn announced plans to spend $1.25 million to study the idea.
The state is examining costs and benefits of high-speed rail service between O’Hare International Airport, downtown Chicago, McCormick Place and Champaign-Urbana, as well as extending the line to cities beyond Champaign-Urbana, including St. Louis and Indianapolis.
Another plan calls for passenger trains to St. Louis go from their current maximum speed of 79 mph to 110 mph.
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