Amtrak Starts 110mph Service on Chicago-St. Louis Line

Amtrak Starts 110mph Service on Chicago-St. Louis Line
November 23, 2012 12:24 pm

Amtrak has started a 110mph high-speed rail service on a 15-mile segment along the Chicago-St. Louis corridor in Illinois, US, following a test phase.

Trains on the Amtrak Lincoln Service will run at 110mph between Dwight and Pontiac, including northbound trains 300, 302, 304 and southbound trains 301, 305 and 307, cutting journey times by 10 minutes.
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn said: “This next generation rail system gives passengers a safer, more reliable way to travel across Illinois and connect with family this holiday season.”
Other Amtrak trains on the corridor will continue to run at a maximum speed of 79mph, including the Texas Eagle trains 21/321/421 and 22/322/422.
Select Amtrak Lincoln Service trains will also have free AmtrakConnect wi-fi service across the coaches, business class seating and in cafes.
Amtrak president and CEO Joe Boardman said that operating six daily Amtrak Lincoln Service trains at 110mph regularly will help develop the Chicago Hub network.
“Combined with our high-speed trains in Michigan, this means Amtrak now has a total of 14 daily trains to and from Chicago that operate at 110 mph,” Boardman said.
The 110mph service on the route has been major infrastructure improvements, including signalling, track, existing stations and installation of positive train control technology.
By 2015, infrastructure improvements will be carried out on the line to enable operation of 110mph trains over 75% of the corridor and cut travel times by more than an hour. is a railway information and news platform. Website presents from all around the world railway sector news, developments, projects and tender for the sector specialists. Railwaynews supports to industry events and announced them for potential participants. Railwaynews plans to collecting data from all around the world, about railway infrastructure, rolling stock, railway transportation datum, geographical datum to present for railway professionals for short term. Railwaynews will build new platforms aims to high value railway business environment for all railway specialists, railway fans and especially railway suppliers and their decision makers. Railwaynews presents whole information from rail professionals to rail professionals.

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