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July 31, 2014, 4:39 pm
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High-Speed Rail Test Today


The quest for high-speed rail takes another step forward today with a test run along part of the route between Joliet and Bloomington.

 

A train carrying Governor Pat Quinn, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and a contingent of reporters is expected to hit speeds of 110 miles per hour for a short stretch during that trip… about 30 miles an hour faster than the current top speed.

 

But that faster speed will only be maintained for about 15 miles. Work is continuing to rebuild the tracks and eventually allow the faster speeds all the way from Chicago to Springfield to St. Louis.

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