High-speed Amtrak train to increase speed between Chicago – St. Louis to 110 mph

Thursday, June 15, 2023


Gov. JB Pritzker affirmed on Monday that Amtrak travel between Chicago and St. Louis is getting 15 minutes faster thanks to the swift rail project authorizing trains to reach speeds of 110 mph.

The higher speed will take effect from June 26th and will minimize the duration of the trip from the current five hours and 13 minutes. According to Amtrak timetables trips from St. Louis to Chicago are a few minutes shorter.

The actual maximum speed on the route now is 90 mph. However, Pritzker also exclaimed that to increase speed, the $1.96 billion project also conditioned safety improvements at 212-grade crossings.

U.S. Sen Dick Durbin stated that the railways have always been paramount to their state’s infrastructure, but today they are taking a major step in modernizing rail services.

The project commenced in 2010 and was completed in 2018. But has gone through diverse years of test runs.

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