high-speed rail http://news.stlpublicradio.org en East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/east-st-louis-officials-rally-high-speed-rail-station <p>Governmental and religious officials rallied Thursday for the Illinois Department of Transportation to build a high-speed rail stop in&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">East St. Louis</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">.&nbsp;</span></p><p></p><p>IDOT working on a high-speed rail line connecting St. Louis to Chicago. Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Joliet and Alton, where a station is under construction.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 15 May 2014 21:26:21 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 36164 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org East St. Louis Officials Rally For High-Speed Rail Station IDOT Mulls Options For St. Louis Area High-Speed Rail Line http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/idot-mulls-options-st-louis-area-high-speed-rail-line <p>The Illinois Department of Transportation is considering two options for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Granite City.&nbsp;</p><p>It’s part of a broader high-speed rail corridor between St. Louis and Chicago that’s aimed at shortening commute times between the two cities.</p><p>Construction is already underway on rail improvements between Alton and Joliet. But Congress hasn’t issued federal funding yet to build a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and Illinois.&nbsp;IDOT is taking the preliminary steps to apply for the federal money.</p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 01:58:17 +0000 Jason Rosenbaum 33998 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org IDOT Mulls Options For St. Louis Area High-Speed Rail Line Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Takes Environmental Step Forward http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chicago-st-louis-high-speed-rail-takes-environmental-step-forward <p>Illinois and the federal government have approved an environmental impact statement for the high-speed rail line under construction between Chicago and St. Louis.</p><p>The review is an important step because it identifies a route through Springfield that would end a dispute that had threatened to hold up the project.</p><p>It also recommends a route around some of the congested tangle of rail lines between Chicago and suburban Joliet. Upgrades to that suggested corridor would be $500 million cheaper than the existing route because fewer overpasses would be needed.</p> Fri, 16 Nov 2012 17:53:29 +0000 The Associated Press & St. Louis Public Radio 6507 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Takes Environmental Step Forward Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-doubling-down-high-speed-rail <p>Illinois Governor Pat Quinn was&nbsp;on board&nbsp;Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November, paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac.&nbsp;</p> Fri, 19 Oct 2012 20:29:36 +0000 Adam Allington, Illinois Public Radio & The Associated Press 5598 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois Doubling Down On High-Speed Rail Work on high-speed rail continues in Illinois http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/work-high-speed-rail-continues-illinois <p>State and federal officials held a meeting in Alton Thursday on plans to upgrade train tracks between St. Louis and Chicago to allow for high-speed service.</p><p>Work is already underway to improve tracks and road crossings in Illinois to allow for higher-speed trains three times per day. But Mike Garcia with the Illinois Department of Transportation says officials want to be able offer more service through their partner, Amtrak.</p> Thu, 03 Nov 2011 22:38:01 +0000 Bill Raack 2403 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Work on high-speed rail continues in Illinois Mo. lawmakers deal setback to high-speed rail plan http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/mo-lawmakers-deal-setback-high-speed-rail-plan <p>A Missouri House committee has dealt a setback to Gov. Jay Nixon&#39;s quest for $1 billion in federal high-speed rail money.</p><p>The House Budget Committee rejected an attempt Wednesday to insert the rail money into a state budget bill.</p><p>That comes just two weeks after<a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-going-after-floridas-rejected-high-speed-rail-funding"> Nixon held a news conference to announce Missouri was applying</a> for $1 billion of the $2.4 billion of federal rail money that Florida decided not to use.</p> Wed, 13 Apr 2011 15:15:06 +0000 The Associated Press 942 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Mo. lawmakers deal setback to high-speed rail plan Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/missouri-going-after-floridas-rejected-high-speed-rail-funding <p>Missouri is one of a handful of states applying for some $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail projects <a href="http://www.upi.com/Top_News/US/2011/02/16/Florida-rejects-funds-for-high-speed-rail/UPI-62511297895389/">that Florida rejected last month</a>.</p><p>Governor Jay Nixon was in Kirkwood today to announce Missouri&#39;s application for nearly $1 billion in new funding.</p><p>In recent months, rail projects have&nbsp; become politicized with many GOP lawmakers calling for states to refuse the funds.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 21:31:50 +0000 Adam Allington 831 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Missouri going after Florida's rejected high-speed rail funding Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/morning-headlines-tuesday-march-29-2011 <p>Good morning! Here are a few of today&#39;s starting headlines:</p><p><strong>Missouri to apply for high-speed rail funding</strong></p><p>The State of Missouri will apply for federal funding to construct high-speed rail service between the state&#39;s two metropolitan areas. Gov. Jay Nixon is scheduled to announce details of the application during a 10 a.m. news conference at the Kirkwood Amtrak station in suburban St. Louis. Nixon&#39;s office says the application will include a proposal for immediate upgrades to improve speeds on existing lines between St. Louis and Kansas City, Mo.</p> Tue, 29 Mar 2011 14:46:43 +0000 Julie Bierach & The Associated Press 823 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Morning Headlines: Tuesday, March 29, 2011 High-speed rail hosts last open house http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/high-speed-rail-hosts-last-open-house <p>The <a href="http://www.dot.state.il.us/">Illinois Department of Transportation</a> (IDOT) and the <a href="http://www.fra.dot.gov/">Federal Railroad Administration </a>(FRA) will host the last open house tomorrow to answer questions about the <a href="http://www.bizjournals.com/stlouis/stories/2010/01/25/daily48.html">high-speed rail project </a>between St. Louis and Chicago.</p><p>The public meetings, which began March 1, are aimed at answering questions about a recent environmental study. The study evaluates the impact of adding a second track to the high-speed route.</p> Tue, 08 Mar 2011 21:27:01 +0000 Ettie Berneking 679 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org High-speed rail hosts last open house Illinois gets high-speed rail money when Ohio, Wisconsin pass http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/illinois-gets-high-speed-rail-money-when-ohio-wisconsin-pass <p>Illinois is set to get millions of dollars for high-speed rail projects that were <a href="http://www.publicbroadcasting.net/kwmu/news.newsmain/article/0/0/1724623/news/Stimulus.money.given.to.other.states..Durbin.wants.it.for.Illinois.high-speed.rail">supposed to go to two other states</a>. But that news may not be as good as it sounds.</p> Thu, 09 Dec 2010 22:06:08 +0000 Kelsey Proud 96 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Illinois gets high-speed rail money when Ohio, Wisconsin pass