This afternoon in Chicago, Illinois heavyweights and railway folks are going to announce a second round of funding for a high-speed rail line between St. Louis and the Windy City.
Sen. Dick Durbin, (D-Ill) and Illinois governor Pat Quinn will announce the new infusion of cash on the route, which is already under construction, at Chicago's Amtrak rail yard. They'll be joined by Joe Bateman, vice president of Union Pacific Railroad.
Federal funding was approved last year
to the tune of about $1.1 billion, for a high-speed corridor linking
Chicago, St. Louis and, eventually, Kansas City. According to a White
House press release, the trains should run at 110 miles per hour and the
trip should take four hours.
"We want to make this corridor the pre-eminent one in America," Quinn told reporters
in Chicago Thursday. "The key route is Chicago to St. Louis. We want to
get Cubs fans down to Busch Stadium faster so they can see better
results than they've seen in recent years."
Had to take it there,
huh, Governor? In any case, a fast train connecting these cities is an
exciting development, for sports and non-sports pursuits alike.