The incremental road to higher-speed rail

Trains on the stretch of the Chicago-to-St. Louis corridor between Dwight and Pontiac, Illinois now can run up to 110 mph. Though trains still run at 79 mph elsewhere along the line, there are plans to update the entire line for high-speed rail (HSR) by 2017, with 75% of the work planned for completion by the end of 2015, which will decrease the trip between Chicago and St. Louis by an hour. The Chicago-to-St. Louis project is among the first to begin work under the federal High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail program. The increase in speed is projected to help the local economy and environment. Work includes improvements to tracks, bridge reconstruction, and structure upgrades. There are also conceptual plans for new and renovated stations. The project requires a great deal of communication and coordination in order to keep the line running while construction work is underway. Outreach initiatives have included work with the media, local officials, and the public to keep them aware of what is occurring. The Chicago-to-St. Louis project is a step towards more high-speed rail lines across the country, as well as increased speed of HSR lines that have already been established.


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  • Accession Number: 01492836
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 10 2013 11:33PM