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Railroad Track

The first step in making this a reality starts this September, just north of Alton.

Imagine zipping along on a train between St. Louis and Chicago at 110 mph.  That was the vision when the federal government gave $1.2 billion in stimulus money to the state of Illinois, to invest in high-speed railways. 

That vision is scheduled to start taking shape in early September.  That’s when construction should begin on the first 90 miles of a high-speed trian corridor between St. Louis and Chicago.  That first stretch of high-speed rail line will extend from just north of Alton, to Lincoln, Illinois (south of Springfield).

All told, federal investments into high-speed rail in Illinois is expected to create as many as 6,000 jobs in the Land of Lincoln.   

Would you use high-speed rail service between the Gateway City and the Windy City?

Comments (2)
  1. FKPlous says:

    Wrong. The state’s press release said the construction project would create 900 jobs and said nothing about increased railroad employment.

  2. y98lance says:

    You be the judge — straight from the State of Illinois press release, dated July 20, 2010:

    * The $98 million dollar project is funded through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) and will support an estimated 900 jobs.


    * Overall federal investment in high-speed rail is expected to create 6,000 jobs in Illinois.

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