State Senator Bill Brady(R-Bloomington) commended Governor Rauner and officials from Springfield and Sangamon County for their commitment to a high-speed rail agreement Friday.
“As a proponent of high-speed rail, I am excited an agreement has been reached”, said Brady. “Along with ensuring that federal funding for improvements will continue, the agreement will decrease travel times and improve rail reliability and efficiency for passengers.”
Springfield and Sangamon County officials have advocated moving all rail traffic from 3rd Street to 10th Street over the next decade. The agreement provides a way forward for that plan. Additionally, the deal allows the state to meet current federal requirements to receive federal high-speed rail funding. The Illinois Department of Transportation is expected to save $15-$20 million due to the agreement.
Brady continued, “Infrastructure improvements are very important to the Illinois economy, and the agreement will create jobs for years to come. The deal is also good news for all Illinois residents; I commend the governor and local leaders for their commitment to this project.”