10/31/2008 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Amtrak Gets Federal Money For Chicago Routes

Amtrak trains will be able to travel as fast as 110 m.p.h. within about a year on portions of routes from Chicago to St. Louis and Chicago to Milwaukee under federal grants announced today.

The funding will help Illinois and Wisconsin to modernize track-signal and train-control systems, reducing travel times and delays.

The improvements will give locomotive engineers precise real-time information about track conditions ahead. For instance, by knowing from sensors that gates and warning lights are operating properly at railroad crossings and no vehicles are blocking the tracks, trains can maintain top speeds through the crossings.

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