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$2B Amtrak project in Illinois hits the last phase, security features planned

The passengers on Board an Amtrak train at Penn Station in New York City, on 7. July, 2017.

(Reuters)

A nearly $2 billion high-speed Amtrak rail project in Illinois is in the final stages of construction news comes on the heels of Monday’s deadly Amtrak derailment in the US state of Washington.
 
The Illinois passenger service at speeds up to 90 mph, should be started in the summer, the State Journal-Register reported.

Speeds of 110 km / h between Chicago and St. Louis is possible, 2019, Illinois Transportation Secretary Randy Blankenhorn of the newspaper told-assuming the track is a GPS based Positive Train Control technology is installed by then.

The project is expected to be completed on time and in budget, he said, with the Federal government, the payment of$, he said the 1.65 billion and Illinois with a payment of $300 million.

Safety, technology and accessibility improvements are also planned for the Amtrak station in Springfield, Ill., Blankenhorn, the paper said. To be installed in addition to the intersection and signal upgrades, a six-Meter fences, on each side of the Third Street tracks in the city.

He also said that Amtrak is dedicated to the improvement of its performance.

“It’s not so much the speed as it is, the reliability,” Blankenhorn said. “The passengers on our trains a lot more to make use of, if you know that you will be there when you need it and not an hour-and-a-half late.”

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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