high speed rail

7:17 am
Fri April 5, 2013

High Speed Rail Project On Track

Credit IDOT

Even though only a tiny part of Illinois' high speed rail project can be considered complete, a top transportation official says it will be finished on time.

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Rail History
5:07 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Historian: Rail Helped Illinois Thrive

Credit Illinois Railroad Association

The difference between Illinois towns that grew and those that faded away, many times, was the presence of a railroad. That’s according to historian and chair of Western Illinois University's Department of History,  Simon Cordery.

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Nippon Sharyo Secures Major Contract
7:07 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Business Rolling At Rochelle Railcar Maker

Image of the trains to be produced by Nippon Sharyo in Rochelle, IL under four state high speed rail contract.
Guy Stephens WNIJ

It’s official. A railcar maker in Rochelle will build 130 high speed rail cars for the Midwest and California.  Governor Pat Quinn and U-S Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced the $352-million contract Monday at Nippon Sharyo’s factory in Rochelle.  

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