Davis Applauds Springfield High Speed Rail Agreement, Continues to Push for Federal Funding
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.) today applauded the agreement reached between Springfield, Sangamon County, and Governor Rauner that will allow for the completion of Illinois’ high speed rail project and establish a pathway forward to move rail traffic from 3rd Street to 10th Street. Davis also reiterated his support for federal dollars to help complete these projects, which will spur greater economic development within the Springfield area.
“Today’s agreement is a major step forward for Springfield and it’s one that would not have been possible without the hard work of Governor Rauner, Chairman Van Meter, Mayor Langfelder, and the many state and local officials who have worked tirelessly over the years to make this day possible,” said Davis. “Their leadership and willingness to work together will help advance Illinois’ high speed rail project and I will continue to do whatever I can to ensure support from the federal government is there to complete this important project.”
In June, Davis sent a letter to U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx in support of Springfield’s TIGER grant application. Text of the letter is as follows:
Dear Secretary Foxx:
I write to express my support for the City of Springfield, Illinois’ TIGER grant application for its Springfield Rail Improvements Project.
The TIGER grant funds will be for Usable Segment II, the project’s next step for double-tracking the Chicago-St. Louis corridor. This project has many benefits, which include increased train ridership, speed, and service reliability, and reducing travel times. Studies have shown that this project will also result in an 80 percent reduction in car/train accidents and a 71 percent reduction in vehicle delays at crossings.
Rebuilding our crumbling infrastructure is crucial to turning around our economy and creating quality jobs. This project will greatly benefit my constituents by reducing horn noise in the area, generating economic development in downtown Springfield, and creating new development opportunities for the Springfield Medical District.
This project provides many opportunities and benefits for Springfield and its residents. It is an honor to support this worthwhile project, and I urge the US Department of Transportation to give this application full and serious consideration.