The next step in developing high-speed rail in the Chicago to St. Louis corridor will be the subject of several meetings held by the Illinois Department of Transportation in the coming days. One of those meetings will take place Tuesday in East St. Louis, with much of the discussion to be focused on a potential connection between Granite City and St. Louis according to IDOT Passenger Rail Marketing Manager Scott Speegle.

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 IDOT is currently reconstructing the tracks between Joliet and Granite City to increase cruising speeds from 80 to 110 mph. Speegle says this meeting will also be used to help prepare Purpose and Need Statements, which will be used to define the scope of the project. He says the statements will also govern any future decisions and that it’s critical to have public input at this point in the project.

Tuesday’s meeting will be held from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Jackie Joyner-Kersee Center, located at 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersee Circle in East St. Louis. You can find more information on this project by visiting

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