State and federal transportation officials are now formally in agreement on consolidating most rail traffic through Springfield on the 10th Street corridor.
The signed Environmental Impact Statement still does not represent a final commitment to 10th Street as part of a full build-out of the Chicago-to-St. Louis high-speed rail corridor.
That official decision is expected next month.
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin and local leaders applauded the development, which follows a lengthy coordinated effort to show full community support for the 10th Street plan.