ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – More than $100 million dollars is being invested in the high speed rail project connecting St. Louis to Chicago.
According to IDOT’s website, the purpose of the project is to “enhance the passenger transportation network within the Chicago to St. Louis corridor, resulting in a more balanced use of the modal components.”
IDOT also says the about 99% of the trips from St. Louis to Chicago and back are done primarily via vehicle or airlines. The rail project, however, is attempting to create a more “balanced modal use of the transportation network by improving rail service.”
The project began in 2010 when workers began focusing on track reconstruction and upgrades. IDOT says their current tasks are their continued construction of sidings and improving existing bridges and structures. The next steps will be infrastructure improvements to support speeds of up to 110 miles-per-hour on the Joliet-Carlinville portion of the track.
The project is scheduled to have the new rail line to be in operation by the end of 2015 and completely finished in 2017.
If you want to learn more about the project, check out IDOT’s website.