Introducing our new site!
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:
- Why the Midwest needs fast trains,
- What makes high-speed rail successful, and
- What we're doing to make a regional high-speed network a reality.
You'll also find our blog, where we'll continue to let you know what we're up to, and share the latest passenger rail news from around the Midwest and the world.
What you see here is just the first step. Like a vast high-speed rail network, we're building our new website in phases. In the future, we'll have a section that breaks down the latest news and updates by state, so you can get involved with efforts near you. We'll also bring you stories about towns around the Midwest and how their businesses, universities and residents are ready to ride high-speed rail.
We hope you enjoy exploring the new site. We are sincerely thankful to our individual, foundation and corporate sponsors who helped make this site possible.
Who's that in the photo? It's Illinois Municipal League Executive Director Brad Cole, then mayor of Carbondale, getting ready to inaugurate the new Saluki service in 2006.
Last week at Midwest High Speed Rail Association
Executive Director Rick Harnish was interviewed by CBS 2 Chicago and Crain's about Mayor Emanuel's talks with Elon Musk to use Hyperloop new tunneling technology to connect O'Hare to downtown. Spoiler alert: We don't need futuristic, unproven technology, or miles of new tunnels, to create a fast rail link to O'Hare. We simply need to upgrade infrastructure we already have. With our CrossRail Chicago plan, we could have fast trains to O'Hare that come from downtown, McCormick Place, the South Side, the Northwest Side, Wisconsin, Indiana... practically anywhere on our existing railroad network.
Articles we enjoyed
Amtrak names former Delta exec as new CEO. Mr. Anderson guided Delta through bankruptcy and made it one of the best airlines in the world by making customer service a priority. We're looking forward to working with him in his new role at Amtrak.
In this part of the Midwest, the problem isn't China. It's too many jobs. Did you know a small town in Indiana is the orthopedics capital of the world? The Washington Post writes about one of our favorite towns that's flush with jobs and really ready for high-speed rail: Warsaw, Indiana.
The future of U.S. train travel. Andy Kunz of the U.S. High Speed Rail Association debunks the usual anti-rail talking points from the Reason Foundation.
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.