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Quinn says even faster trains possible in Illinois

DWIGHT, Ill. (AP) - Gov. Pat Quinn says the state's high speed rail projects could get even faster.

Quinn was there Friday when an Amtrak train reached speeds of 111 mph for the first time along a Chicago to St. Louis route. The train hit the mark on a stretch between Dwight and Pontiac before braking back to normal speeds of 79 mph. By the end of November paying passengers will get to experience the higher speeds on that initial section between Dwight and Pontiac.

Quinn says Illinois is interested in the possibility of building a separate track so trains wouldn't have to share the line with freights. That would allow for passenger trains to go faster. Quinn says achieving that along a Chicago to Detroit line is possible in "short period of time."

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