About the Project

Where Are We Now?

Program Activities

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) is working with Union Pacific Railroad and Amtrak as they install and test Positive Train Control (PTC) and enhanced grade crossing warning system along the corridor. PTC is a safety system that communicates conditions at the crossings to the approaching trains, which could allow the train engineer to react and reduce speeds in the event a warning system has malfunctioned or if a vehicle is detected on the tracks. Before trains can operate at speeds greater than 79 miles per hour (mph), the PTC system at grade crossing locations and within the train must be tested for efficiency and compliance with Federal regulations. Once PTC testing is complete and approved, trains will begin operating at speeds of up to 90 mph. This initial increase in speeds is anticipated to begin in the first half of 2021. The overall Project encompasses improvements designed to accommodate the operation of higher speed passenger trains, up to 110 mph.

Springfield - 3rd Street and 10th Street Projects

The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) completed all improvements along the existing Amtrak Lincoln Service route on 3rd Street. These enhancements are designed to increase safety and accommodate the operation of higher speed passenger trains.

The City of Springfield has taken the lead on the Springfield Consolidation Plan, also known as the 10th Street Improvements. This plan, supported by IDOT, provides for the relocation of all 3rd Street rail traffic to 10th Street sometime in the future. For more information about the City of Springfield-led 10th Street project, please visit http://springfieldrailroad.com.

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