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Midwest Next Generation Passenger Rail Equipment Purchase

Illinois Department of Transportation

Midwest Next Generation Passenger Rail Equipment Purchase

Cost Estimate: $268 million


IDOT will acquire 48 new intercity rail passenger cars and seven diesel electric locomotives for use on state-supported corridors in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri, and Iowa. This equipment will be used in a pool to maximize operational efficiencies of the Midwest Regional Rail System. Final allocation of the equipment will be determined as the project advances.


This procurement will be administered through two separate contracts -- one for the cars and another for the locomotives. The new cars and locomotives will be designed and built in accordance with specifications approved by the a federal advisory committee. IDOT has partnered with the Federal Railroad Administration and the California Department of Transportation for this equipment order.


Delivery of all cars and locomotives is scheduled to be completed by Fall 2017.

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