Rail

FRA releases decision on Chicago-St. Louis corridor

Posted on December 20, 2012

The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued two Records of Decision (ROD) for the required National Environmental Policy Act analysis on the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor, positioning the project for future federal funding to improve passenger rail speeds, frequencies and reliability.

In its decisions, the FRA selected the Rock Island Corridor as the most efficient route between Joliet and Chicago and chose a consolidated route along 10th Street through Springfield. The decisions will make the corridor eligible for new trains, improved frequencies, help improve on-time performance and ultimately reduce travel time to less than four hours.

“This represents a major step forward, both for the State of Illinois and the Midwest as a whole,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “Future enhancements to the Midwest Regional Rail Network will create jobs and strengthen the region’s manufacturing base in the future, all while giving travelers a better, faster rail experience.”

Since 2010, IDOT has received more than $1.4 billion in previously awarded federal funds to develop high-speed rail service between Chicago and St. Louis and build the next generation of American-made trains. Included in these investments are track, equipment, and signaling improvements for 110 mph passenger rail service, as well as station enhancements.

A new multi-modal train station in Normal and promise of 110-mph service has attracted more than $200 million in private investments to its downtown area, an example of how rail investment attracts economic growth.

Future rail investments along the Chicago to St. Louis corridor will spur additional economic activity across Illinois in towns where new or newly-renovated stations are under development or in the planning stages. In November, Amtrak reached speeds of 110 mph on the portion of the corridor between Dwight and Pontiac. By 2015, completed construction projects will allow for speeds of 110 mph for over 70% of the corridor.

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

More News

DC Streetcar hits 3 million passenger milestone

As the system nears the third anniversary of passenger service along the H/Benning corridor, plans to expand the 2.4 mile system continue to move forward.

NYC Transit begins boosting speed on subway lines

The speed limit changes already approved increase speeds generally in the 10-to-20-mph range to speeds that reach 40 mph.

Valley Metro celebrates 10-year 'Railversary'

There has been $11 billion of investment and 35,000 jobs created within one-half mile of the 26-mile corridor, according to a report.

CAF USA replacing air compressors on Cincinnati streetcar

The compressors malfunctioned during prolonged subfreezing temperatures last winter.

Keolis to operate 2nd light rail contract in Denmark

The 15-year contract will generate cumulative revenue of approximately $260 million.

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