high-speed rail


When she testified before three members of Congress on Tuesday, Democratic State Representative Elaine Nekritz, D- Northbrook, said the federal government hasn't budgeted money to passenger trains since 2010. 

She says Illinois was forced to come up with the needed $10 million on its own.

But U.S. Representative Rodney Davis, R-Taylorville, says Congress was supposed to hear Illinois' ideas for revenue sources.


Rochelle-based Nippon Sharyo has been named the intended recipient of a $352 million contract to build 130 bi-level passenger railcars to accommodate high-speed rail expansion in Illinois and two other Midwest states as well as California.

A series of five public hearings will be held this month to seek comment on the draft Environmental Impact Statement for high-speed rail from Chicago to St. Louis.

Alternatives for accommodating higher speeds and additional round trips were narrowed down based on criteria that included residential and commercial impacts, travel time reductions, safety and environmental impacts.