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Feds Accept Ill. Rail Plan, Could Boost High-Speed Rail

(The State Journal-Register)

The Federal Railroad Administration has agreed that passenger and freight rail traffic through Springfield can be consolidated on the 10th Street rail corridor.

The agency’s much-anticipated “record of decision” provides final environmental approval and, when and if funds are provided, clears the way for the full build-out of the Chicago to St. Louis high-speed rail corridor.

Gov. Pat Quinn called it a “historic decision.”

“The decision shows that Illinois is a national model for how states and local municipalities can collaborate with the federal government and private rail partners to upgrade our transportation network, protect our environment and lay the groundwork for long-term job creation and economic prosperity,” Quinn said in a statement.

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