For Immediate Release
John Krieger, Federal Transportation Policy Analyst
U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S PIRG)
(202) 546-9707 x.333
High-Speed Rail Breaks Ground in Illinois
ALTON, Ill. - Today, Illinois Public
Interest Research Group (Illinois PIRG) state director Brian
Imus joined Governor Pat Quinn, and other state and national officials,
including Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator Joseph C. Szabo,
at an event marking the first high-speed rail project to begin significant
construction under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Improvements on
the route from Chicago to St. Louis will allow passenger-rail service to
operate at speeds of up to 110 mph, significantly reducing travel times between
“In building a 21st century economy, Illinois
is hampered by an outdated transportation system. We’ve got congested
airports and crammed highways that hinder travel around the Midwest, and our
transportation system is overly reliant on oil, which leaves us vulnerable to
unpredictable gas prices and pollution.
High-speed rail is a part of
the solution. It will boost our economy and create jobs. It will modernize our
transportation system, while helping to solve our nation’s oil
dependency, worsening congestion and pollution. High-speed rail will get us
moving in the right direction.”
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