The Chicago to St. Louis Corridor is serviced by the Amtrak Lincoln Service and the Texas Eagle. The Lincoln Service is one of four state-sponsored services within Illinois, meaning a portion of its funding is received from the Illinois Department of Transportation. This corridor is approximately 284 miles in length. Portions of it are owned by the Canadian National, the Union Pacific, the Kansas City Southern, and the Terminal Railroad Association.
Work currently is being conducted within the corridor to allow passenger trains to travel at speeds up to 110 mph. Improvements, including a number of safety enhancements, are being made to portions of the corridor between Joliet and East St. Louis. This program is funded in part from grants received from the federal and state government. These improvements are scheduled for completion in 2017.
Additional information regarding these improvements may be found at www.idothsr.org.