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Federal Railroad Administration Approves 10th Street Corridor
The federal government says 10th Street is the best route for rail consolidation in Springfield.
The Federal Railroad Administration is approving an environmental impact study for the Chicago to St. Louis route, which includes the 10th Street corridor.
The dispute over whether the 110-mile per hour trains should run on 3rd or 10th Street in the Capital City threatened to delay the project.
Senator Dick Durbin said the consolidation could serve as a catalyst for redevelopment.
"They have revitalized downtown Normal around that," Durbin said. "We should do the same on 10th Street not only to eliminate the crossings, which are dangerous, and the trains that are loud, but also to take this opportunity to build a multi-modal transportation center."
Consolidating the 3rd and 10th Street tracks is expected to cost more than $300 million. The state and city will pick up the tab.
Upgrades to the St. Louis to Chicago line are expected to be finished in 2015.