Earlier this year, the FRA began a Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study. This effort is exciting because it breaks free of the narrow route-based or corridor-based planning models we're used to. Instead, this study is taking a big-picture, network-based approach. With Chicago as a hub, this study is evaluating the thousands of variations of a network that will connect the entire Midwest.
Following in the footsteps of the House, a Senate panel has rejected the Trump administration's proposal to cut long-distance Amtrak service. Not only does the budget approved by the Senate Appropriations transportation subcommittee include full funding for Amtrak's national network, it includes $550 million for the TIGER grant program, which the House proposed eliminating. Subcommittee chair Sen. Susan Collins, a Republican from Maine, was overheard calling the White House's proposal "incredibly irresponsible."
When President Trump released his proposed 2018 budget earlier this year, it cut all funding for long-distance Amtrak trains. It also proposed killing programs like Core Capacity, New Starts and CRISI (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Grants), which maintain and improve our passenger rail infrastucture.
Passengers in France are celebrating the first trains on 303 miles of new high-speed lines. The new segments are extensions of the LGV Atlantique (Atlantic high-speed line), first completed in 1990, which heads west from Paris then splits into a “Y” to reach Le Mans and Tours. The new segments extend 200 mph service west from Le Mans to Rennes and south from Tours to Bordeaux.
Break out the champagne! We're proud to unveil our new website and new logo.
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is dedicated to bringing fast, frequent and reliable trains to our region. Our new site lays out:
We’ve been working very hard for the past few months on a brand new website, and we’re very excited to share it with you. It’s almost ready, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s live.
The National Association of Railroad Passengers is launching a campaign to respond loudly to the Administration’s proposed budget, which would eliminate all funding for passenger trains. On June 23rd, the campaign will launch with rallies being held across the country.
There’s been a flurry of news in the past week, both good and bad, that could have long-term impacts on passenger rail in North America.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is leading a Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study (MWRRPS), with the goal of creating a 40-year vision for passenger rail in the Midwest. This will build off the network envisioned in the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI). We’ve learned a lot since then and this is a great opportunity to strengthen our region’s vision.