Thursday, January 28, 2010
High-Speed Rail From St. Louis to Chicago Gets $1.1 Billion in Funds
By Chad Garrison
on Thu, Jan 28, 2010 at 7:26 AM
President Barack Obama will be in Florida today to unveil how the government plans to spend $8 billion it's set aside in stimulus money for some 13 high-speed rail corridors throughout the United States.
More than $1 billion of those funds are being set aside for rail
improvement between St. Louis and Chicago. Ed Montgomery, the White
House executive director for auto communities and workers, is in St.
Louis today to announce the regional funding.
are also being set aside to improve passenger service from Kansas City
to St. Louis. The $31 million dedicated to that initiative will go
toward track redesigns to allow faster passenger trains pass slower
Four-hour train trips to Chicago -- at speeds hitting 110 m.p.h. -- are one step closer to becoming reality.