Statement on behalf of Rick Harnish, executive director, Midwest High Speed Rail Association, on the Illinois Department of Transportation demonstration of 110-mph high-speed rail track between Joliet and Normal:
“Today, we marked an extraordinary milestone in the history of Illinois passenger rail. The development of 110-mph track, championed by Governor Quinn and Secretary LaHood, represents the beginning of a high-speed rail reality in the state. The improved Amtrak service in the Chicago-St. Louis corridor signals a genuine commitment to faster, safer, and cleaner travel.
“We applaud the Illinois and U.S. Departments of Transportation for their efforts to pursue forward-looking transportation policy that moves away from a mentality rooted in the past to one that assesses and addresses new realities. High-speed rail is central to this equation. It is a proven worldwide commodity, it utilizes existing technologies, it will create thousands of Illinois jobs, and it will bolster economic growth.
“The Midwest High Speed Rail Association will continue our advocacy for a true high-speed network connecting the core of the region. Today was an essential step.”
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is a member-supported non-profit organization advocating for fast, frequent and dependable trains linking the entire Midwest. Learn more at MidwestHSR.org.