Within weeks, we expect decisions from the U.S. Department of Transportation on where to invest billions in passenger-rail funding from the 2021 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. You can learn on our site about three of the contenders: Brightline West, which would launch...
Is Illinois High-Speed Rail on the Horizon?
The High Speed Rail Alliance’s executive director Rick Harnish was featured on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to discuss the opportunity Illinois now has to make high-speed rail a reality.
The first step was taken when Governor Pritzker signed the IL High-Speed Rail Commission into law. The Commission is tasked with creating a statewide plan for a high-speed line and feeder network connecting Chicago to St. Louis. It will be integrated with existing Amtrak and Metra services, intercity bus service and connect the Illinois cities of Rockford, Moline, Peoria and Decatur.
We have been advocating for the creation of this commission for the past 3 years and it has arrived at an opportune time. With the infrastructure bills moving through Congress, Illinois is now well positioned to take advantage of any federal funding they provide.
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