Metro-East News

IDOT to hold high-speed rail open house in Alton

The Illinois Department of Transportation is scheduled to host an information session on Thursday in Alton to discuss the upcoming construction schedule for the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail program.

The informational session, which will focus on improvements planned to be made in the metro east area, is planned to be held in an open-house format.

IDOT plans to have a video presentation, exhibits and staff available to answer questions, the agency said.

The Illinois High-Speed Rail Program is planned to allow passenger service between Chicago and St. Louis to travel at speeds up to 110 mph. In addition, the program includes safety improvements at crossings as well as building new or improving stations throughout the corridor, IDOT said.

IDOT is also purchasing, in conjunction with other states, new locomotives and passenger cars in order to improve the riding experience for passengers, the agency said. The entire corridor is tentatively scheduled to be complete by the end of 2017.

For additional information, please visit Comments and questions can be made by calling 855-IDOT-HSR (436-8477). You also can receive updates on Facebook at

To attend

  • What: High Speed Rail public meeting
  • When: 5 to 7 p.m., Thursday
  • Where: Atrium Hotel, 3800 Homer Adams Parkway, Alton