Proposed high-speed rail service from Chicago to St. Louis is expected to improve Illinois' economy and provide an estimated 10,000 jobs, according to a University of Illinois study. The project is expected to cost up to $50 billion, but "an incremental or blended approach completed over a longer time period could also reduce initial capital costs and provide other nearer-term transportation benefits, while simultaneously improving intercity transportation quality and travel times," the study noted.

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