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updated: 7/18/2014 6:45 AM

Madison County wants high-speed rail hub in Alton

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EDWARDSVILLE -- The Madison County Board wants a regional hub located in Alton as part of Illinois' plan for high-speed rail in the state.

The Belleville News-Democrat reports the proposed $25-million hub will include a bus transfer hub, bike and pedestrian paths, a tourist welcome station and parking for 350 cars.

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The state is working to connect Chicago and St. Louis with a 284-mile rail track capable of allowing trains to reach 110 mph. That corridor will pass through Alton.

The Madison County Board unanimously has voted to support putting the stop in Alton.

East St. Louis also is making a pitch for such a stop.

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