Rail

HSR group unveils Chicago-St. Louis proposal

Posted on July 1, 2009

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) and local leaders proposed a $12-billion, 220-miles-per-hour high-speed rail line that would cut the trip between Chicago and St. Louis to slightly more than two hours.

 

The electric-powered service would also serve Kankakee, Champaign-Urbana, Decatur and Springfield, and would complement new 110-miles-per-hour lines already proposed for other parts of Illinois and the Midwest.

 

MHSRA is asking the state of Illinois to seek $10 million in ARRA funds to conduct a detailed alternatives analysis and environmental study for the Chicago-St. Louis route, which would pave the way for a formal request of funding through Congress.

 

“Ultra-fast trains are green, efficient transportation that brings people closer, stimulates the economy and creates jobs,” said Rick Harnish, executive director of the MHSRA. “It's the right investment at a time when we look to curb our emissions and our dependence on oil, while helping jump-start growth.”

 

The proposal is based on a study commissioned by the MHSRA and conducted by transportation planning experts TranSystems. It concluded that the best route for achieving 220 miles-per-hour speeds with existing rights-of-way was to link St. Louis and Chicago via Decatur, Champaign-Urbana and Springfield.

 

Based on projects elsewhere in the country, it is estimated the Chicago-St. Louis rail line project would create up to 60,000 construction-related jobs and 170,000 permanent jobs. Building the new trains in the U.S. could also help reinvigorate the manufacturing sector; Alstom, the largest high-speed train manufacturer in Europe, employs more people than plane giant Airbus.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

M-1 Rail opens rail facility for Detroit streetcar

The Penske Tech Center will be the nation’s first vehicle storage and maintenance facility to operate completely off-wire.

Tri-Rail launches train tracking app

The straightforward and user-friendly system superimposes the corridor map on top of a Google map, which shows the precise location of the train.

Alstom to provide additional trainsets for Melbourne rail

The five additional six-car X’Trapolis trainsets will enhance the Melbourne’s Metropolitan Rail Network's capacity.

Honolulu takes delivery of first railcar

The four car train, manufactured by Hitachi Rail Italy, is a key component of the first driverless rail transit system in the U.S.

FRA makes $25M available for rail infrastructure safety upgrades

Applicants can request funds for safety improvements to railroad infrastructure, including railroad crossings, track, tunnels, bridges, yards and other areas.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close