Coming soon: New website, new plan
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.
Our new site has a clearer, easier way of explaining the work we’re doing to bring high-speed rail to the Midwest. It lays out why trains are a great way to travel, and what exactly we mean when we say “high-speed rail.” As a member and supporter of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, you already know this stuff. Our new website makes it easier to share our message with new audiences, like our region’s business leaders and elected officials.
Over the past few months, you may have also heard us use the term “phased network plan.” The new site goes into detail about this plan and how we’ll use it to build a high-speed rail network across the Midwest.
Passenger railroad improvement in the United States is hampered by fractured jurisdictions that divide responsibility, planning and funding that must instead be shared. Our new site shows how the Midwest High Speed Rail Association is enabling the collaboration we need to build a comprehensive, region-wide network.
We’ll let you know as soon as the new site is ready. In the meantime, this weekend is #Rally4Trains! Stand up and oppose President Trump’s proposed budget that eliminates all federal funding for passenger rail. There are rallies planned around the Midwest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Find your nearest rally and send Congress a message: we need to invest more in trains, not less!
This past week at Midwest High Speed Rail Association
We attended Metra's meetings about their proposed changes to the Metra Electric schedule. We are glad to see Metra considering improving service on the Main Line, but it should not happen at the cost of reduced service on the South Chicago and Blue Island branches.
We bid farewell to Dylan Hayward, who has been an important part of our organization for the past several years. We can't thank him enough for his help, and wish him the best the future, although we know he won't be a stranger. Thank you, Dylan.
Articles we enjoyed
December 02, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is a combined meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers annual meeting.
The full agenda will be available soon. It will include a presentation by MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish, on the Phased Network Approach.
The meeting location is walking distance from the new Dearborn, MI railroad station.
November 03, 2017
Midwest High Speed Rail Association Executive Director Rick Harnish will hosting a panel on the Phased Network Approach as part of the National Association of Railroad Passengers' 50th Anniversary conference.
November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
We will visit Rome, Florence, Bologna, Milan and Turin, traveling by high speed train and transit. We will strive to meet with both high-speed train operators and the public transit operators in each of the cities. And, of course, we will mix in a little tourism.
Please call the Society of International Railway Travelers at 502-897-1725 if you have any interest in joining us.