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It will now take 30 minutes less to get from Detroit to Chicago on Amtrak. To recap the history of acceleration, Amtrak raised the speeds on this route from 79 m.p.h. to 90 m.p.h. in 2002 and then to 95 m.p.h. in 2005. Here now, in 2012, they're allowed to get up to 110 m.p.h. on part of the route; federal approval was announced Tuesday. For about 80 miles of the route—in southwest Michigan and Indiana—passengers will reach top speed. The effort confirms the natural human instinct to flee Indiana as fast as possible. [Freep]