Chicago-St Louis high-speed rail plans speeding up

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) - Federal transportation regulators are moving faster than expected on choosing the best route for a section of the Chicago-St. Louis high-speed rail line running through the Illinois state capital.

A spokesman for the Federal Railroad Administration, Michael England, says the agency has received a state environmental analysis for the rail corridor. It includes proposals for 11 alternative routes for rail traffic through Springfield.

Public hearings are expected in May or June, and a route could be selected as early as November.

The (Springfield) State Journal-Register reported Friday ( that the proposal favored by local officials would consolidate freight and passenger trains on the city's 10th Street corridor. One study estimates the cost of the moving the route at $318 million and suggests most of that could come from federal funds.

Information from: The State Journal-Register,

Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.