Ray LaHood highlights importance of high speed rail

By WEEK Reporter

April 3, 2013 Updated Apr 3, 2013 at 10:08 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The Innovations Conference on Asphalt and Transportation continued Wednesday with a focus on high speed rail.

The focus came from keynote speaker, Ray LaHood.

LaHood highlighted the possibility of a high speed railway running from the Quad Cities, through Galesburg and Peoria, and stopping in Bloomington.

He said that the rail would create an easy, efficient travel method across the state.

However, finding funding may require some creativity.

"The funding is always going to be the issue. It always is. And in these tough economic times, when we're trying to balance budgets in Washington and in Illinois. People just have to think very creatively and think outside of the box," LaHood said.

LaHood also said that once Congress and the President are finished focusing on immigration and gun laws, infrastructure will likely be next.

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