ARRA requires that, to the maximum extent possible, Grantees
such as IDOT award fixed price contracts through the use of
competitive bidding. Only a few high of the high speed rail
contracts were not both fixed price and competitively bid. These
contracts were entered into between the Illinois Department of
Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). UPRR, the
owner of the railroad, will perform work on its Chicago to St. Louis
rail line. The Chicago to St. Louis route has been designated to
operate passenger trains up to 110 miles per hour.
2010 Construction Agreement
executed on July 16, 2010 – UPRR will perform or cause to
perform track related improvements and make the necessary
repairs to its railroad between Godfrey and Lincoln Illinois.
UPRR will also perform some initial project design and
engineering work and limited material purchases.
2011 Construction Agreement
executed on March 4, 2011; amended December 29, 2011 – UPRR will
perform track related improvements between Joliet and the East
St. Louis area (excluding work performed under the 2010
Agreement) including, but not limited to, the rehabilitation of
the main line, upgrade of sidings, preparation of engineering
design plans, upgrade of culverts, bridges and related
structures, installation of turnouts, replacing certain diamond
crossings, and signal improvements.
Final High Speed Rail
High Speed Rail Announcements