The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) issued a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Chicago to St. Louis High-Speed Rail Program on December 18, 2012. The ROD identifies the preferred alignment for additional future passenger rail improvements between Chicago and St. Louis and presents the FRA decisions, determinations, and findings on the proposed Program. The Preferred Alternative is located on the Northeast Illinois Regional Commuter Rock Island District route between Chicago and Joliet and the existing Amtrak route from Joliet to St. Louis, with the exception of the portion of the corridor through Springfield. These improvements would build on the Program now underway. The ROD also identifies and discusses the factors that were balanced by FRA in making these decisions.
The completion of the ROD is necessary to apply for additional federal funding for potential improvements.
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