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Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail construction could create 6,200 jobs

Posted By Wayne Grayson On November 21, 2012 @ 6:00 pm In Construction News | No Comments


A high-speed rail project that will connect Chicago, Illinois to St. Louis, Missouri has been cleared for construction, according to a report by CivSourceOnline.com. [2]

The project’s environmental impact plan passed muster with environmental feasibility standard and received the OK from state and federal officials.

Amtrak trains are being considered to run the roughly 300-mile route between the two cities, with cars that would travel at more than 100 miles per hour. That would turn a roughly 5-hour commute to a 3-hour commute.

However, these 100 mph speeds pail in comparison to European and Asian high-speed rail lines which average closer to 200 mph.

Illinois officials say the project, for which the state has received $1.4 billion in federal funding, will likely create 6,200 jobs. Phase one track sections are expected to be complete by 2015, with latter sections being completed by 2017.

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