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High Speed Rail Final Environmental Impact
Statement (FEIS)

The Illinois Department of Transportation has published the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the development of high - speed rail passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis. The FEIS evaluates alternatives and documents potential impacts of the higher speed rail project on natural resources, noise, air quality, historic and archeological sites, farmland and communities along the corridor. It is a key step toward implementing improved rail passenger service in Illinois.

The proposed action will provide high-speed rail passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis along the current Amtrak route. South of Dwight, the maximum operating speed will be 110 mph. North of Dwight, the existing maximum operating speed of 79 mph will be maintained. No physical improvements and no changes in operating characteristics (i.e., number and speed of trains) will be made north of Dwight. With these improvements travel time between Chicago and St. Louis will be reduced from approximately 5.5 hours to approximately 4.0 hours.

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Comments on the Final EIS should be received by March 10, 2003 and sent to the following address:
Mr. John Schwalbach
Chief, Bureau of Railroads
Illinois Department of Transportation
2300 South Dirksen Parkway
Springfield, Illinois 62764
Attn: Mr. Frank Hartl
or by e-mail to:

This document will be available for comment until March 10, 2003.

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