High Speed Rails One Step Closer to Coming to Springfield


Springfield - The discussion to bring high speed rails to the capitol city has been a long one, and now that there's an intergovernmental agreement that dream could soon take one step closer to becoming a reality.



Both Sangamon County board and city leaders are met Tuesday night to discuss the ongoing process of bringing high speed rails to Springfield.



"What that intergovernmental agreement will do is provide funding to start the design work on the consolidating the 10th Street corridor," said Sangamon County administrator Brian McFadden.



It's a project that will come with a hefty price tag.



"Well the total price tag of the project is estimated at, in current dollars, is about $317M dollars.  The design component of it is about $18M dollars and what's being authorized tonight is $8.6M dollars," added McFadden.



Designing the plan will take about 3 years, and once completed, you'll be able to notice changes right away.



McFaddend told WAND News that,"probably one, if not the largest public works projects the community has seen.  This would really seriously take the major corridors in the community and combine them into one and would improve public safety, help with economic development, eliminate train whistle noises.  You'll be able to get from one end out of town to the other without having to stop for a train."


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