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Old Posted Oct 6, 2011, 4:32 AM
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US OKs $196.5M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail

US OKs $196.5M for high-speed Chicago-Detroit rail

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KALAMAZOO, Mich. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Transportation has approved $196.5 million for part of a high-speed Amtrak passenger rail link between Chicago and Detroit, Michigan U.S. Sens. Carl Levin and Debbie Stabenow said Wednesday.

The funds now being obligated cover work from Kalamazoo in western Michigan to Dearborn in suburban Detroit, the Democratic lawmakers said.

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Officials say the rail line improvements will allow trains to reach110 miles per hour on 135 miles of the route. The Transportation Department says that will shave 30 minutes off travel on Amtrak's Wolverine and Blue Water services between Detroit and Chicago. The line runs through Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.
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Old Posted Oct 6, 2011, 4:19 PM
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on a related note, there was approval to buy track from NS between Kalamazoo and Dearborn

http://www.battlecreekenquirer.com/a...WS01/110060313

There more we get small upgrades like the portion west of Kalamazoo (~100 mph), the more I get yay.
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Saving only a half hour isn't a big deal, especially when you consider that a huge chunk of time is often wasted waiting for freight trains to pass or other stupid annoyances.
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Old Posted Oct 9, 2011, 12:44 PM
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Saving only a half hour isn't a big deal, especially when you consider that a huge chunk of time is often wasted waiting for freight trains to pass or other stupid annoyances.
As it's been stated in the Transportation subforum, the other projects currently under construction (Indiana Gateway and Englewood Flyover) will also significantly reduce travel times between Detroit and Chicago. Those projects are designed to reduce congestion and make sure that Amtrak doesn't have to wait for freight trains. When all three projects are complete the stated goal for the trip is under 4:30.
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