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Contract approved for $352 million worth of high speed rail cars

Thu, 27 Sep 2012 13:32:05 CDT
By: Charlie Schlenker

Workers will build High Speed rail passenger cars for the Chicago to Saint Louis corridor in Illinois. Illinois Department of Transportation Spokesman Josh Kauffman says the contract is worth $352 million to Nippon-Sharyu based in Rochelle.

"We look forward to the increased job creation as well as the economic development in Illinois."

Kauffman says the amount will buy 130 next generation bilevel train cars. About 80 of them are intended for Midwestern routes including through Bloomington-Normal. The rest will go to California.     

"Another step in the high speed rail process for the Chicago to Saint Louis corridor. And this is a huge announcement for Illinois and we're very proud to make it."

Delivery dates on the rolling stock range from 2015 to 2018. Testing of 110 mile an hour trains begins between Pontiac and Dwight in a month or two and IDOT says service will start in a few years. Federal money is paying for the new rail cars.

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