Higher speed and enhanced passenger-rail service between Chicago and St. Louis will provide an attractive travel alternative, that improves mobility, sustains rail construction jobs, creates a more productive environment for regional job growth, and increases Amtrak ridership and reliability. IDOT has been studying and planning for the implementation of 110-mph passenger-rail service in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor for more than 20 years. As part of the Chicago Hub Network, which includes lines radiating from Chicago in all directions, the corridor was designated a high speed rail developmental route in 1992 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. IDOT took an incremental planning approach and a staged investment strategy on high-speed rail to upgrade existing track according to federal safety standards where higher speed passenger trains share track with freight trains. The ultimate goal was to achieve passenger train speeds up to 110 mph with more frequent, reliable service using comfortable, modern and stylish passenger rail cars and equipment.
For more information on high-speed rail, please click visit the Illinois High-Speed Rail website