Rail

Officials start Phase 2 of midwest high-speed rail route

Posted on September 4, 2013

The Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific Railroad are performing the second of three phases of 2013 upgrades to Illinois’ signature high-speed route, Chicago-St. Louis, for future 110 mph operation of Amtrak Lincoln Service trains.

The construction work includes the installation of new premium rail with concrete ties and stone ballast; upgrades to bridges, culverts and drainage; signal and wayside equipment installations and upgrades; and roadway-rail grade crossing improvements.

For seven days starting September 16, bridge and culvert upgrades south of Bloomington-Normal will lead Amtrak to charter buses for Lincoln Service (Trains 300-307) passengers at St. Louis, Alton, Carlinville, Springfield and Lincoln.

The infrastructure improvements will enable Amtrak to operate service at speeds up to 110 mph in the future, an increase from the current maximum of 79 mph in effect over most of the route.

Starting last Thanksgiving, the Dwight to Pontiac segment became the first part of the corridor to regularly experience trains traveling at speeds up to 110 mph.

In the 10 months since October 2012 (Amtrak Fiscal Year 2013), ridership on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor has increased by nearly 52,000 when compared with the same period-a year ago, totaling nearly 627,000 passengers–an increase of nine percent that sets the stage to break the record of 675,295 set last year.

Totals will be available by mid-October. Temporary road crossing closures due to construction are updated on a nightly basis on the Official Illinois High-Speed Rail Chicago to St. Louis Project.

 

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

More News

Report calls for new, expanded rail systems in Dallas-Fort Worth area

The projected cost of two of the new rail lines suggested would be about $3 billion, according to the Mobility 2045 report.

Study could help riders find right place to stand in before train arrives

Passengers stood in the best possible position on the platform when they received continuous, mostly visual information.

BART to add new ride quality monitoring tool

Incorporating cutting edge GPS and accelerometer sensors with an intuitive easy-to-use control software interface, dFuzion Inc.'s rMetrix effectively and efficiently assesses ride quality, comfort, and safety.

Wabtec, GE Transportation to merge

Union is expected to drive the advancement and implementation of technology solutions to improve safety, efficiency, and productivity for the transportation industry.

L.A. Metro marks Regional Connector milestone

The rail line, which is now 50% complete, is expected to serve 88,000 riders daily.

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