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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jan 06, 2017 2:53 pm

Yes, delivered as designed. They are much closer than anyone realizes.

Here is an update from a local TV station in Springfield, IL:

SPRINGFIELD – The high-speed rail project in the capitol city is almost ready.

Only $25-million dollars of work is left, with construction set to start in the spring. Safety and bridge improvements still need to be finished.

In total, the project costs nearly $2-billion dollars and the city expects it to be complete by the end of 2017.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby David Benton » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:06 pm

Anyone getting a link to the grand crossing project?
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jan 06, 2017 3:15 pm

December 8, 2016 public hearing presentation covering Springfield 3rd Street construction and overall project status.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby David Benton » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:25 pm

Thanks George, had a quick scroll trough , but doesnt cover my confusion from afar.

"One of the advantages of the project would be that it would connect Metra's SouthWest Service to the Rock Island Line around 74th Street and Normal Avenue, which would allow the service to terminate at the underused LaSalle Street station rather than at clogged Union Station — eliminating delays and freeing capacity for more intercity rail service, according to IDOT".

I thought Grand Crossing was around 75th street and s south chicago street /I90 ?. I was sure this is where the CREATE maps put it , and the project is to provie a connection between the 2 main lines there.
In the above article they appear to be talking about a different / smaller junction.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby gokeefe » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:31 pm

They are talking about a different one according to the map. Black triangle "P4" is Grand Crossing. "P2" and "P3" are 75th Street.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby David Benton » Fri Jan 06, 2017 7:41 pm

Thanks, that article is confusing. It talks of the grand crossing project, but goes onto the benefits of the p2 -p3 projects , and shows photos of the englewood flyover.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby David Benton » Fri Jan 06, 2017 8:38 pm

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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby CHTT1 » Sat Jan 07, 2017 2:15 pm

Grand Crossing involves connecting the CN's ex-IC route to the NS at 79th Street. This will allow the CONO, Illini, Saluki, and maybe the Cardinal to head straight into Union Station without a backup move at 21st St.
The 75th Street project eliminates congestion for freight trains and Metra's Southwest Service and allows for the construction of a short route to connect the Southwest line with the Rock Island so that the Southwest can use LaSalle Street station and the 47th Street yard, easing pressure on the south side of Union Station (and the BNSF/Metra yard and servicing facilities.
They are two separate projects.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby David Benton » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:13 pm

Thanks CHTT1. Yes ,I see that. It appears P2 and P3 have to be in place, to create track capacity for the P4 project , i.e to allow the Amtrak Illinois trains to use the NS route into Union Station. So P4, the one that benefits Amtrak the most, will be the last passenger project.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby quincunx » Sun Aug 13, 2017 10:24 pm

Any word on when 110 mph service commences?
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby StLouSteve » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:00 pm

Here's what I saw in STL Post Dispatch recently...sometime next year:

"Although the St. Louis-to-Chicago improvements are expected to be finished this year, exactly when the new 110 mph maximums actually will begin is hard to pinpoint, officials say.

It could be sometime next year, they say. But timing depends on testing of a new type of signaling system on the line, which Amtrak shares with freight trains."

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http://www.stltoday.com/news/traffic/al ... dc20c.html
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby gokeefe » Mon Aug 14, 2017 2:52 pm

Light at the end of the tunnel ...
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby Tadman » Mon Aug 14, 2017 10:08 pm

Grand Crossing is where CN(IC) crosses under NS(PRR/NYC) at 75th street, immediately adjacent to the Chicago Skyway I-90. It was also the site of an armed skirmish between IC and LSMS, NYC predecessor.
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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby quincunx » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:49 pm

Saw one of the new locomotives on the 301 yesterday. Looks fierce.

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Re: Illinois Amtrak Service

Postby quincunx » Tue Aug 15, 2017 1:51 pm

There was track and crossing work going on near Brighton.

The new Alton station looks ready.

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