We’ve officially entered the future of train travel.
As part of the Illinois Department of Transportation’s High-Speed Rail Project, an Amtrak train going between Chicago and St. Louis will now travel at 110 MPH.
Unveiling a new schedule at the start of the week, these new high-speed trails cut travel time down by half an hour. They run at speeds of 110 miles per hour, for a more efficient route.
Travel time from Chicago to Bloomington will now be less than 2 hours, while Chicago to Springfield goes to less than 3 hours, and Chicago to St. Louis moved to under 5 hours.
The new project also includes a series of safety upgrades after it was recently reported that they’ll be updating 40-year-old cars, buying new locomotives sure to set the bar high.
Upgrades were quite expensive, at over $1 billion, these upgrades include costs associated with a new track, better signal systems, and a series of extending passing tracks. New stations, and restoring the Lincoln Stop also contributed to the overall cost.
Upgraded amenities, like free Wi-Fi, are also staples on the new train. The new faster train called the Lincoln Service, is already making the 284-mile trip and is in part a plan to increase the speed of travel. This overall regional plan aims to provide faster, speedier service for Amtrak riders.