St. Clair Co. approves $500,000 for high-speed rail project

EAST ST. LOUIS, IL (KPLR) – The St. Clair County Board voted to offer $500,000 in local funding for a high speed rail stop in East St. Louis.

The stop would be part of a high speed rail system connecting St. Louis and Chicago.
 
The trains would reach speed up to 110 mph.  The project could be done by 2017.
 
Lawmakers hope the $500,000 will convince state lawmakers to approve a stop in East St. Louis.
 
Officials with I-Dot will have four public meetings about the high speed rail project.
 
One is Tuesday night at the Jackie Joyner-Kersey Center in East St. Louis at 101 Jackie Joyner-Kersey Circle.
 
The system will use 284 miles of track and have several stops between St. Louis and Chicago.
 
The $500,000 will come from a sales tax collected by the transit district.
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