Alton, IL

Higher Speed Rail Update

Story by WBGZ Radio

Illinois’ high-priced higher-speed rail project continues to move toward completion. The Illinois Department of Transportation recently hosted an open house at the Atrium Hotel to update the public on construction of the nearly $1.9 billion Chicago to St. Louis higher-speed rail line.

IDOT Spokesman Scott Speegle tells The Big Z there is a lot of work going on now between Shipman and Granite City.

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The upgrade is expected to shave one hour off the five and a half hour trip between Chicago and St. Louis. The completion of the Alton Regional MultiModal Transportation Center is expected to come before the upgrade to the higher speed service is ready to be set into motion.

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