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Construction on High-Speed Rail Between St. Louis and Chicago Continues

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This afternoon in Chicago, Illinois heavyweights and railway folks are going to announce a second round of funding for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and the Windy City.

Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill) and Illinois governor Pat Quinn will announce the new infusion of cash on the route, which is already under construction, at Chicago's Amtrak rail yard. They'll be joined by Joe Bateman, vice president of Union Pacific Railroad.

Federal funding was approved last year, to the tune of about $1.1 billion, for a high-speed corridor linking Chicago, St. Louis and, eventually, Kansas City. According to a White House press release, the trains should run at 110 miles per hour and the trip should take four hours.

"We want to make this corridor the pre-eminent one in America," Quinn told reporters in Chicago Thursday. "The key route is Chicago to St. Louis. We want to get Cubs fans down to Busch Stadium faster so they can see better results than they've seen in recent years."

Had to take it there, huh, Governor? In any case, a fast train connecting these cities is an exciting development, for sports and non-sports pursuits alike.
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Guest
Guest

I have been on several "bullet trains" and they are cool, but they aren't $1.1 BILLION cool. And this might come as a "radical" thought, but is there even a need for this train? Is there at traffic issue on I-55 that I haven't noticed?

Is Amtrak having trouble keeping up with demand? They charge $66.00 for the 5hr 40min ride... certainly an affordable option... if they are too busy (NOT!), then what would it cost to add another train?

OR, do we need a bullet train, because that is what Europe uses? Because "all prosperous countries have bullet trains..." and "... having a train that travels 100mph is a sign of progress and prosperity"...

Ahhh... fuck it. Missouri will probably have to bail Illinois out anyway... we may as well get a cool train.

les
les

You're not too bright are you. Some people don't like to drive that distance.

Jdub
Jdub

Chicago, St.Louis, and Kansas City.....the bermuda triangle of gang violence. Brings a new meaning to the term bullet train.

your mom's mom
your mom's mom

Can I get this phrase on a shirt, with a chalk outline connecting the three cities?

Jdub
Jdub

Yep, I will get on that....comes in two colors, red and blue.

Handsome Jimmy
Handsome Jimmy

Ya know...it's way too easy to make a 1908 joke here.

Elusive Mr X
Elusive Mr X

I can drive to Chicago in about four and a half hours, at a significantly lower cost and retaining my ability to get around town while I'm there. Why is this train supposed to be such an improvement?

hotdogwaffles
hotdogwaffles

and if they have private cars on this train... you can (giggity giggity goo) get to know someone on the way

Shelley Powers
Shelley Powers

I've driven from St. Louis to Chicago, and it too much longer. But then, I wasn't using my flying car, either.

Redstratus97
Redstratus97

If it takes you 4 1/2 hours to drive to Chicago then you are certainly speeding and lucky that you haven't got a ticket yet which would make the trip more expensive then it needs to be. :)

Dandruff1138
Dandruff1138

yeah 4.5 hour Drive to Chi town? lucky if your not full of it. And parking in CHI-town? Forget it? And gas prices? I have done the math, it is cheaper to take the train and use the "L."

Douglas Duckworth
Douglas Duckworth

In case you didn't know it's really easy to sneak beer on the train. I'd rather hang out in the Snack Car with some Hoosiers and a 6 of Busch Ice for 40-60 bucks than drive a car.

Theirishenigma
Theirishenigma

Not to mention you can spend those four hours relaxing and enjoying the trip, rather than stuck behind the wheel.

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