Midwest High Speed Rail Association Applauds Illinois 110-MPH Milestone
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.
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.