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Midwestern states to study options for congestion relief, faster trains between Chicago and Detroit


Three Midwestern states are moving forward with a study to determine how to reduce rail congestion and reach higher train speeds along the Chicago-to-Detroit corridor.

The states of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan, as well as Norfolk Southern Corp., are seeking to reduce travel times between the cities and more efficiently move freight trains through the congested Chicago-to-Porter, Ind., segment. The study will focus in part on linking a double-tracked passenger-rail mainline to the 110 mph service at Porter, building on progress the Michigan Department of Transportation already has made by reaching 110 mph service between Porter and Kalamazoo, Mich.

The study will be funded through a $3.2 million Federal Railroad Administration grant, as well as $200,000 each from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and NS.

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