Gov. JB Pritzker recently announced effective June 26, Amtrak® travel between Chicago and St. Louis is about to get 15 minutes quicker thanks to a high-speed rail project allowing trains to reach speeds of 110 mph. Existing maximum speeds on the route are 90 mph (144.8 kph).
In addition to increasing speeds, the $1.96 billion project also provided safety improvements at 212 grade crossings. Funding for the project includes $1.66 billion in federal funding, primarily through an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant and $300 million in state and non-federal funds.
The project broke ground in 2010 and was completed in 2018. But it has gone through several years of test runs.
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