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Dwight/St. Louis 2004 ROD Improvements Project

Illinois Department of Transportation

Dwight/St. Louis 2004 ROD Improvements Project

Cost Estimate: $1.2 billion


This project will bring high-speed rail to Illinois for the first time. Work consists of track, signal, station, and rolling-stock improvements required for the implementation of 110 mph passenger rail on the “Lincoln Service” corridor from Dwight to St. Louis. Additional federal funding has now been provided for improvements between Joliet and Dwight.


The overall corridor is 284 miles in length, with the improvements in this particular project covering a distance of 182 miles. Five daily passenger trains currently operate between Chicago and St. Louis. Four of these are Lincoln Service corridor trains, with the operation of three roundtrips subsidized by Illinois. The fifth Amtrak train is the long-distance “Texas Eagle” route, which operates beyond St. Louis.


Work has been underway since Fall 2010 to upgrade all Union Pacific track on the corridor with concrete ties, premium rail, and improved crossing surfaces. Construction continues in 2012, including signaling system upgrades and safety improvements such as dual quad gates at road crossings. 


Completion is estimated for Fall 2014.

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