Metra | Amtrak | Airport Express | High-Speed Rail
High-speed trains can complement and improve the existing air service. With travel times that rival flying — and are often faster — high-speed rail can eliminate wasteful feeder flights. For example, a single train to St. Louis could replace feeder flights to Champaign, Decatur, Springfield and St. Louis, while serving additional passengers in Chicago's Southland.
High-speed trains can be introduced in the dense Chicago-area without a major disruption. Most high-speed train systems across the world feature trains traveling at speeds up to 220 mph on dedicated tracks in the countryside, and at reduced speeds on conventional tracks in the cities. A crosstown line, with an O'Hare connection, will serve as the access point for high-speed trains. Direct connections to O'Hare and McCormick Place will make future high-speed trains as well as existing Amtrak routes more attractive.