Amtrak has announced that Albrecht (Al) P. Engel, P.E. — recognized rail transportation professional and passionate high-speed rail advocate — has become vice president of a new High-Speed Rail department and will lead initiatives to grow Amtrak’s role as the premier operator of high-speed passenger rail service in the U.S.
In Milwaukee today, President Obama proposed a new infrastructure program that would include constructing and maintaining 4,000 miles of railways, and investing in a long-overdue overhaul of Amtrak's fleet.
Vice President Biden has released a report on the innovative programs funded by the Recovery Act. The Chicago - St. Louis corridor was highlighted in the report, including the vision of 220-mph trains linking the two cities. They even referenced our study!
Amtrak will operate an additional round trip between Chicago and Kalamazoo over Labor Day weekend. Stops include Niles, MI and the beachfront station at New Buffalo. The westbound will arrive in Chicago at 7:30 am. The eastbound will depart Chicago at 10:00 pm.
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association today applauded the efforts of the Illinois and federal governments as the State announced a September start date for critical improvements paving the way for speeds of up to 110 miles per hour on track segments between Alton and Lincoln.
SPRINGFIELD - The Illinois Senate today voted 59-0 to create the Illinois and Midwest High Speed Rail Commission with the intent of issuing a roadmap for the creation of bullet train lines in Illinois and neighboring states. Under General Assembly rules, such a commission can be created by a vote in just one of the two legislative chambers. No further legislative action is required.