Illinois high-speed rail corridor work continues

Written by Jenifer Nunez, assistant editor
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The Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific are performing the second of three phases of 2013 upgrades to Illinois' Chicago-St. Louis high-speed route, for future 110 mph operation of Amtrak Lincoln Service trains.

 

The construction work includes the installation of new premium rail with concrete ties and ballast; upgrades to bridges, culverts and drainage; signal and wayside equipment installations and upgrades and grade crossing improvements.

These infrastructure improvements will enable Amtrak to operate service at speeds up to 110 mph in the future, an increase from the current maximum of 79 mph in effect over most of the route.

Starting last Thanksgiving, the Dwight to Pontiac segment became the first part of the corridor to regularly experience trains traveling at speeds up to 110 mph. In the 10 months since October 2012, ridership on the Chicago-St. Louis corridor has increased by nearly 52,000 when compared with the same period a year ago, totaling nearly 627,000 passengers, an increase of nine percent that sets the stage to break the record of 675,295 set last year.

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Illinois high-speed rail corridor work resumes

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The Illinois Department of Transportation and Union Pacific will be upgrading Illinois' high-speed route, Chicago-St. Louis, for future high-speed Amtrak trains, from April 16 through May 25. The improvements for 110-mph service include the installation of new premium rail with concrete crossties and ballast; upgrades to bridges, culverts and drainage; signal and wayside equipment installations and upgrades and roadway-rail grade crossing improvements.

Union Pacific’s Track Renewal Train crews will improve infrastructure to enable Amtrak service to travel at speeds up to 110 mph, an increase from the current maximum of 79 mph. IDOT and Amtrak are planning to preview higher speed trains in September 2012 from Dwight, Ill, to Pontiac, Mich.

This is the last scheduled year of large-scale construction leading to alternate transportation on the corridor. When this project began with a groundbreaking north of Alton, Ill., in 2010, it was among the first high-speed rail projects in the country to start construction.

Categories: Ballast, Ties, Rail, Bridge/Retaining Walls/Tunnels, Class 1, Intercity, ON Track Maintenance
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