Report on high-speed rail to Champaign-Urbana weeks away
URBANA — The public could learn about the feasibility of a proposed 220 mph passenger rail line between Chicago and Champaign-Urbana within a few weeks.
Illinois Department of Transportation Secretary Ann L. Schneider said on Tuesday that she expects to receive the results of a feasibility study being done by the University of Illinois, the Illinois Department of Transportation and a special advisory group within the next few weeks.
The study, which was announced by Gov. Pat Quinn on June 2, 2011, is exploring the potential costs and benefits of establishing 220-mph service between O’Hare International Airport, downtown Chicago, McCormick Place and Champaign-Urbana.
The study will also look at extending the corridor in the region to cities beyond Champaign-Urbana, including St. Louis and Indianapolis.
In addition to offering corridor location recommendations, the study may provide estimated ridership projections, economic impacts, construction costs and financing options.
An advisory group composed of transportation experts, rail advocates, labor leaders, and regional planners has been assisting the UI and IDOT during the course of the study.