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Advocates call for bullet Midwest train service

Advocates call for bullet Midwest train service

High-speed rail advocates have unveiled an ambitious, $11.5 billion plan for "ultra-fast" train service between Chicago and St. Louis that could cut travel times by more than half.
Trains would zoom up to 220 mph (354 kph). That's more than 100 mph (160 kph) faster than trains under a plan advocated by eight Midwestern governors.
Rail proponents welcomed the gubernatorial push for an upgraded network with Chicago as its hub. But the comparatively modest proposal hasn't generated the kind of hoopla 220-mph (354 kph) service would.
Trains reaching close to 220 mph (354 kph) are thus far unheard of in the U.S., though a California proposal seeking to build service along its coast also foresees trains approaching that speed.
Tuesday's proposal comes in a study from the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.


Updated : 2021-07-31 06:14 GMT+08:00