Ground has been broken on a new multimodal transportation center in downtown Joliet. The Illinois Department of Transportation says it’s a key stop on the St. Louis-to-Chicago high-speed rail line. The $42 million project, which includes a $32 million commitment from the capital construction program, will create 400 construction jobs and improve safety for travelers.

 Joliet’s 100-year-old Union Station, which serves 800,000 riders per year on Amtrak and on Metra commuter trains, poses safety problems by requiring passengers to cross working freight railroad tracks in order to board their trains. The new station will ensure safety and eliminate the problem by separating passenger from freight rail traffic and relocating the platform and waiting areas.


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This fall, 110-mph service between Dwight and Pontiac will begin. Ongoing improvements are expected to permit 110 mph trains to run between Dwight and Alton by 2015.

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