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Second phase of Illinois high-speed rail expected to begin April 5

(The following appeared on the Bloomington Pantagraph website on March 22, 2011.)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The second phase of Illinois’ venture into speedier passenger rail service is expected to begin April 5.

In an announcement in Chicago on Tuesday, state and federal officials said $685 million in track and crossing upgrades between Dwight and Lincoln could eventually boost Amtrak train speeds to 110 mph and reduce the well-traveled St. Louis-Chicago run to less than four hours.

The full story is at www.pantagraph.com.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

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