Chicago-St. Louis HSR project could create 6,200 jobs

The proposed Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project could provide more than 6,200 jobs. The project has moved closer to reality with federal approval of its environmental impact statement. “This historic achievement advances the crucial Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project while signifying that all environmental impacts and route alternatives have been analyzed to determine the best option,” said Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn.

“This historic achievement advances the crucial Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail project while signifying that all environmental impacts and route alternatives have been analyzed to determine the best option,” Governor Quinn said.

California is also working on a project to expand high speed rail in its state and potentially connect disparate local transportation systems in some of its city centers. The $68 billion plan would connect Los Angeles and San Francisco, but has met with stiff opposition from residents between the two cities concerned that rail tracks will now run through their farmlands. Farmers in the area filed a claim in court to stop the track from coming through their land, but a judge ruled on Friday in favor of the state project.

The 800 mile project is one of the most ambitious public works projects undertaken by the state and already had federal approval, it is now likely to move ahead despite continued opposition from local groups.

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