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Illinois Senate advances legislation to create HSR commission


Yesterday, the Illinois Senate passed a bill that proposes to create the Illinois and Midwest High Speed Rail Commission.

The 12-member group would issue a “road map” by March 2011 on how to best structure a public-private partnership to design, build and operate a high-speed rail system reaching speeds of 150 mph and higher, according to the Midwest High Speed Rail Association. The commission also would issue recommendations on how to fund the network and integrate the new trains with airports, Amtrak service and other public transportation systems throughout the Midwest.

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