The head of the Illinois Department of Transportation says her agency is making good progress on high speed rail between Chicago and Saint Louis.
We are aiming to have 75% of that corridor at 110 miles per hour by the end of 2015."
Ann Schneider notes the draft infrastructure plan over the next six years includes 224 million dollars for rail. Most of that will go to the passenger routes Amtrak runs in the state including through Bloomington Normal. Schneider says they are moving ahead with track improvements and rolling stock purchases.
"And then we are also the lead state for procurement of locomotives, We anticipate being out on the street later this fall with an RFP for that procurement."
California took the lead in bidding passenger cars for several states and awarded the project last year to Nippon-Sharyo based near Rockford
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