To further progress on the high speed rail, the Illinois Department of Transportation will halt regular train services during three different weeks. Joe Shacter is the Director of Public and Intermodal Transportation. He says the focus of the project is replacing 14 bridges between Alton and Joliet. He says bridges are too difficult to work on with trains still running, but IDOT made sure the shutdowns wouldn't have a negative impact.
"There are very specific work rules related to the amount of time that the rail and bridge workers can be on the job in consecutive days and shifts," he says. "Plus, we wanted to be very careful that we would not affect any of the fall holiday weekends."
Shacter says Amtrak will provide a charter bus between St. Louis and Chicago to replace the Lincoln Service. He also says the Texas Eagle train will be detoured between Chicago and St. Louis. The first shutdown begins August 16. Shacter says the others will follow the second week of September and the third week of October.
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