About the Project

Where Are We Now?


Program Activities

In 2018, the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) will complete fence installation in Alton; the Kankakee River Bridge construction and crossing upgrades in Wilmington; and the work along the 3rd Street corridor in Springfield. Amtrak will complete installation of Positive Train Control (PTC) on the Amtrak owned locomotives. Work will also continue on the Elwood to Braidwood Environmental Assessment.


Springfield - 3rd Street Improvements

The current High-Speed Rail (HSR) program includes improvements along the existing Amtrak Lincoln Service route on 3rd Street; these enhancements are designed to increase safety and accommodate the operation of higher speed passenger trains.

The City of Springfield has taken the lead on the Springfield Consolidation Plan, also known as the 10th Street Improvements. This plan, supported by IDOT, provides for the relocation of all 3rd Street rail traffic to 10th Street sometime in the future. For more information about the City of Springfield-led 10th Street project, please visit http://springfieldrailroad.com.

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