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Illinois to study 220 mph bullet trains

(The following appeared on the Chicago Tribune website on June 2, 2011.)

CHICAGO — The University of Illinois will lead a study examining the options to build tracks exclusively for 220 mph bullet trains operating initially between Chicago and Urbana-Champaign and eventually carrying passengers the length of the state in about two hours.

Gov. Pat Quinn announced the $1.25 million state-funded study today at a meeting in Chicago of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association, whose leaders have questioned the benefits of the federal government and numerous states, including Illinois, investing in train service that tops out at 110 mph.

Full story: Chicago Tribune

Friday, June 3, 2011

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