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?