May 6, 2023 - TRA Newswire -
The good news is that the daily Texas Eagle, operating from San Antonio to Chicago, will be running faster at 100 miles per hour, shaving time off its run. The bad news is that the higher speed will happen in illinois, not in Texas.
A long-term billion dollar investment by the Illinois Department of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad and the federal government to upgrade tracks for higher performance service has come to fruition. Amtrak and IDOT received federal approval for maximum speeds up to 110 mph for most of the Chicago-St. Louis corridor, primarily between the Amtrak stations in Joliet and Alton. In Texas, the state has not been interested in a public-private partnership with railroads to develop corridor trains and improve service as other states continue to do.