Illinois High Speed Commission Plan Advances

The House of the Illinois General Assembly is expected to vote on a bill that would create a high speed rail commission.

The bill was approved by a unanimous vote of the transportation committee. It calls for creation of a statewide plan for high speed rail line connecting Chicago and St. Louis, including existing Amtrak and Metra service as feeder lines.

Under the legislation, the commission would be required to conduct a ridership study and make recommendations for the frequency of service and implementation.

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