The Federal Railroad Administration has tapped Illinois to lead the multi-state procurement of next-generation locomotives for high-speed rail, Gov. Pat Quinn announced yesterday.
If the other state's approve,
the Illinois Department of Transportation will spearhead efforts to
procure at least 35 next-generation diesel locomotives for high-speed
passenger trains on behalf of Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri
The Federal Railroad Administration has set aside $808 million to build the next generation of passenger rail equipment, and IDOT will manage and oversee the process and develop a detailed project plan, among other responsibilities.
goal is to offer 110-mile-per-hour service on at least 75 percent of
the Chicago-St. Louis corridor – the segment from Dwight to Alton – by
the end of 2015, and these locomotives are the key to achieving that
goal," said Illinois Secretary of Transportation Ann Schneider in a statement.
"It takes time to build these complex and powerful engines, however,
and we are moving quickly to get this procurement underway as soon as
In 2012, Illinois debuted 110-mph service on a 15-mile segment of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor from Dwight to Pontiac.
Illinois is working with the state of Michigan to create 110-mph
service from Chicago to Detroit as the next Midwest segment targeted to
run at higher speeds.
“This decision by the federal government is a testament to Illinois’
role as a national leader in high-speed rail,” Quinn said.
“This important multi-state procurement is a key to success for
high-speed rail throughout the nation, and I have directed my
administration to move forward quickly.”