Illinois Looking To Buy High-Speed Trains

By WEEK Producer

Illinois Looking To Buy High-Speed Trains

March 21, 2013 Updated Oct 26, 2013 at 1:20 AM CDT

Governor Pat Quinn announced today that the Federal Railroad Administration has named Illinois to lead the multi-state procurement of 35 next-generation locomotives for high-speed rail.

The Illinois Department of Transportation will procure diesel locomotives for high-speed passenger trains on behalf of Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri and Washington.

The FRA has allocated $808 million to build the next generation of passenger rail equipment, including 35 new locomotives and 130 bi-level rail cars.