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October 23, 2014, 1:34 pm
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Third Street Tracks To Get Upgrades Despite Plans to Eliminate Corridor


Plans are proceeding to make upgrades to Springfield’s 3rd Street train tracks… as part of a process that officials hope will eventually lead to the elimination of that rail corridor altogether.

 

But officials with IDOT say the move toward high-speed rail means they have to make safety improvements to the tracks now, despite the plans to eventually move all of that train traffic to 10th Street.

 

Proposed changes include “quad gates” at most major crossings through Springfield… along with fencing to keep pedestrians away from the tracks, and the possible closure of some crossings.

 

Although high-speed trains won’t travel at top speed through town, the improvements will allow them to move faster than trains currently go on those tracks.

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