What’s the “tipping point” for high-speed rail in the U.S.? When will planners and lawmakers begin to see the HSR projects underway in the U.S. as building blocks for a national network of high-speed trains?

We have just taken a step closer.

Last week, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker signed a bill that authorizes the creation of an Illinois High-Speed Railway Commission. Its task is to create a statewide plan for a high-speed line that connects with Chicago and St. Louis, with existing Amtrak and Metra services integrated into the system. The commission will also conduct a ridership study and issue recommendations.

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