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New Speeds for Illinois Amtrak


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JL
- 660 days ago - wsiltv.com
After a test phase, Amtrak is whisking rail passengers at a new top speed of 110 mph over a short section of its route between Chicago and St. Louis. Gov. Pat Quinn announced the step forward for the Midwest's high-speed rail program on Thursday.



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JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 9:29 am
New Speeds for Illinois Amtrak
By Associated Press

Story Created: Nov 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM CST

Story Updated: Nov 22, 2012 at 11:30 AM CST

Illinois Amtrak Train Hits 110 mph in Test Run

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - After a test phase, Amtrak is whisking rail passengers at a new top speed of 110 mph over a short section of its route between Chicago and St. Louis.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the step forward for the Midwest's high-speed rail program on Thursday.

The higher speed over a 15-mile segment between Dwight and Pontiac comes in time for Thanksgiving and the start to the busy holiday travel period.

Quinn praised what he called a "next generation rail system" that will give passengers a safer, more reliable way to travel across the state.

The current top speed is 79 mph.

After more upgrades, transportation officials hope by 2015 to have the higher speed in place over 75 percent of the route, cutting the journey time by more than an hour.
 

Roger Garin-michaud (62)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:29 pm
noted, thanks !
 

JL A. (275)
Friday November 23, 2012, 3:33 pm
You are welcome Roger!
 

Ioannes J. (1)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:11 am
Good news. America need more high speed railing system to reduce pollution and depend on resources. 2ndly, creation of local jobs since losing jobs in other areas.

Three or four years ago, I heard from friend that San Fransisco and Los Angeles are building one too but some how either scratch the plan or not enough money.

Midwest America is also planning in building high speed rail too. I wished East coast (from New York, DC, to Richmond VA,) is building one too.

I just hope more actions done than just words in building those high speed rail system.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 9:21 am
Ioannes--CA's got held up in the courts with cases filed related to proposed route. One in the Central Valley was just resolved so progress can continue (the part of the route slated to be built first since Amtrak uses buses for much of their valley route).
 

Lois Jordan (55)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:45 pm
Japan's had bullet trains for decades...and where has America been? Did you know the Federal Reserve has the ability to help fund our infrastructure? This "would involve bond borrowing for public-private infrastructure projects that would be labor-intensive and great for long-term economic growth and would absolutely help us meet our obligation, because these bonds are going to yield 6% to 8% interest on our investments." The Federal Reserve's blessing and its willingness to accept the infrastructure bonds as collateral on the Fed's lending could be a powerful lure for capital investors....."

The full article, "The Fed and the Silence of the Left" by William Greider can be found in The Nation, 11/26/12.
 

JL A. (275)
Saturday November 24, 2012, 1:50 pm
You are right Lois--most of the world is ahead of the US on this transportation infrastructure--facilitating both business and public needs to be met. The funding option you describe was something I heard the Obama administration mention as a type of economic growth program they'd support earlier this year--we'll have to watch to see if something actually materializes on it.
 

John S. (303)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 4:16 am
Should be where they start, maximizing what they have. While bullet trains are nice (and I am a frequent traveler on the Eurostar), it really required a completely new infrastructure.
 

JL A. (275)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 7:59 am
Thanks for highlighting the cost-effectiveness of this approach John! You cannot currently send a star to John because you have done so within the last week.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Sunday November 25, 2012, 11:21 pm
A short while ago I realised a lifetime ambition to travel across America on the Amtrak. I went from California to Texas. My only regret was in not reserving a "Sleeper"They served the only decent cup of coffee of my whole stay, the staff, food and services were great, although the trains were slow and antiquated, even by Australian standards. Additionally the passengers were also s good as the staff On very narrow gauge lines in Queensland we have trains that can outdo the Americans by a factor of three. If I ever return I'll be looking forward to another train trip.
 

Robin T. (14)
Monday November 26, 2012, 7:43 am
High speed trains are great for commuters but you sacrifice being able to enjoy the view. Lets hope they keep some of the slow coaches and organise tours through the scenic routes.
Have a look at these links
www.shongololo.com/
www.bluetrain.co.za
 

JL A. (275)
Monday November 26, 2012, 8:56 am
Tom and Robin, you each present and additional perspective of the value, purpose and functions of train service in the US for all to consider. Thank you both: green stars headed your way.
 

Tom Edgar (56)
Monday November 26, 2012, 1:39 pm
Thank you J L A My sentiments are with Robin. This obsession with being there yesterday maybe, in the short term, desirable for those wishing to reach their destinations ahead of the competition, but when, as I, you are well into your eighties, the destination is not as important as staying on the track. My first longer distance transport in the U S A was by Greyhound in Louisiana in Mark 1945, except for the obnoxious racial segregation I enjoyed this too. I have flown the world, and as a Merchant Mariner sailed all the seas. The least enjoyable is the flying and the most boring (and dangerous) the marine. I'll admit it was WW 2. give me a train ride any time, especially the American or Australian style where you can wander about and meet interesting folk. Admittedly I can't afford those cruise ships, but heck, mostly the passengers are a pain in the butt',, with the whole atmosphere so artificial, more like a floating "Butlins" Holiday camp. Yep gimme (a slightly faster)Amtrak and a good coffee.
 

JL A. (275)
Monday November 26, 2012, 1:50 pm
You are welcome Tom. In Northern CA, Amtrak's expanded service has targeted commuters and business travelers (e.g., relatively short routes to and from the Capitol city of Sacramento and the greater SF Bay Area). During the primary commuter hours, located in the Sierra foothills for private planes for SF commuters where the houses have hangers besides garages (for years was cheaper than driving and the fastest option). Hopefully the faster trains will not replace the other travel oriented options any more than the commuter additions have.
 
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