Is 110 mph really a bullet train?

08/30/2010 | Hartford Courant (Conn.), The

Democratic Illinois state Sen. Martin Sandoval is chairman of the Illinois Senate Transportation Committee and has sponsored legislation that asks the federal Department of Transportation to look into really high-speed rail -- up to 220 mph -- in his state instead of just fast trains at 110 mph. Columnist Jon Hilkevitch notes that there are some issues with a 110 mph bullet train sharing freight tracks and asks, "Wouldn't the money be more wisely spent on building track dedicated to 220 mph, electric-powered passenger trains, like California and Florida are doing?"

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