EAST ST. LOUIS, IL - St. Clair County's governing board is considering whether to invest $500,000 into a station for a possible high-speed rail route for the taxpayer-subsidized Amtrak.
Illinois state government is spending state tax dollars to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph.
The St. Clair County board will consider using money to aid the Illinois Department of Transportation with the design and planning of the station. Board Chairman Mark Kern last week asked the panel's other members to support the station.
The total cost of an East St. Louis station is unclear. The project is expected to be completed in 2017.