Additional funds are coming into Illinois’ hands to continue on a high speed rail project from St. Louis to Chicago. The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded $186 million to the Illinois Department of Transportation on Wednesday. The cash will be used to extend construction of the rail corridor to Joliet. That'll allow for 110-mph service along 70 percent of the route.
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“This was an investment that’s long overdue,” said Rick Harnish, executive director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association. “We’re excited that the state is finally moving forward with rehabilitating this track.” The U.S. Department of Transportation has invested more than $1 billion to create high-speed rail service in the Great Lakes-Midwest region. The project should ultimately reduce travel times and congestion while creating jobs and increasing business opportunities.