New paper lays the foundation for a Midwest high-speed rail network
So often when we talk about high-speed rail, we assume we’re only connecting big cities. Chicago to Minneapolis. New York to Washington. Los Angeles to San Francisco.
High-speed rail brings big benefits to major cities, but a lot of us in the Midwest don’t live in big cities. We live in Madison, Fort Wayne, Springfield. These are places that are too small to be blessed by high-speed rail, right?
Not at all. Around the world, successful high-speed rail systems bring faster, more frequent train service to places the size of Peoria by building robust networks. One new, high-speed line connects to many existing and upgraded conventional lines. Trains take advantage of the high-speed line for a portion of their journey, then seamlessly connect to older rails to reach their destinations.
You’ve heard us talk about the Phased Network Approach before, but today we’re excited to share a detailed white paper that examines the Midwest’s high-speed rail potential from start to finish. It considers examples from Europe and Asia that show how to maximize the demand for trains, then proposes how we could build a network in the Midwest. It also shows how our current funding and planning structure in the U.S. is seemingly engineered to prevent such a network from happening, and what policy changes are necessary to correct this.
Your donations power the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, and this white paper wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you! Please consider donating to fund the next phase of our research, which will identify the Midwest high-speed lines to build first for the biggest effect.
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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.