© 2022 St. Louis Public Radio
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
Available On Air Stations
88.5 FM KMST Rolla is currently experiencing technical difficulties.

Chicago-St. Louis High Speed Rail Takes Environmental Step Forward

highspeedraillines400FlickrakaKath.jpg
(via Flickr/aka Kath)
/
Pictured here in 2009, proposed lines in Springfield, Ill. for the Chicago/St. Louis high-speed rail route.

Illinois and the federal government have approved an environmental impact statement for the high-speed rail line under construction between Chicago and St. Louis.

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.

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.

The assessment also clears the way for possibly building a dedicated line in the future so passenger trains wouldn't have to share track with freight trains.

Upgrades for 110-mph service over most of the line should be finished by 2015.

Follow St. Louis Public Radio on Twitter: @stlpublicradio

Send questions and comments about this story to feedback@stlpublicradio.org.