The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is undertaking a series of studies to clearly define the benefits of building a 220-mph bullet train network on four corridors radiating from Chicago. Siemens has sponsored the first step in this initiative, a high-level engineering study conducted by AECOM and an economic impact assessment of the Chicago Metropolitan region conducted by the Economic Development Research Group, Inc. (EDRG). Learn more.
The Midwest Regional Rail Initiative is a cooperative effort between Amtrak, the Federal Railroad Administration, and nine states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, Ohio, and Wisconsin – to develop a network of 110-mph trains operating on upgraded freight tracks. Click here for a copy of the MWRRI Executive Report
High-Speed Rail: International Lessons for U.S. Policy Makers
Policy Focus Report by the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy. Authors: Petra Todorovich, Daniel Schned, and Robert Lane.
High-Speed Rail: The Fast Track to Economic Development?
Report by The World Bank. Authors: Paul Amos, Dick Bullock, and Jitendra Sondhi.
The Flight of the M-497
How the New York Central Railroad set the U.S. speed record for a passenger train in July 1966.
2011 Annual Meeting Videos
See videos of the presentations at the Midwest High Speed Rail Association Annual Meeting, which was held on April 30.
May 2010 (.pdf file)
Midwest nets over $2 billion in ARRA rail projects | China’s CRH Leaps Forward | A big year for high-speed rail | $850 million for rail in Illinois capital plan | MHSRA releases 220-mph rail study | Is Ohio finally getting on board? | ARRA Iowa fixes will help Zephyr schedule | Illinois gets upgrades for 110 mph service | High-speed trains reopen factory in Milwaukee | Sapsan links Moscow to St. Petersburg | Turkey launches high-speed service | Harnish present on JR 205 m.p.h. demonstration run
May 2009 (.pdf file)
Federal funding to stimulate Midwest projects | 2008 Recap | Federal transportation reform – watch out! | Making the case fo 220 mph | Milwaukee needs Downtown Circulator | Midwest Round-up | Towards balanced development:
what local food and transit advocates share | Falling oil prices lull America back to sleep | Possible state stimulus requests | Italy’s latest espansione of high-speed rail
August 2008 (.pdf file)
Amtrak bill in final states through Congress | Kummant says rolling stock huge priority | Spain spends $177 billion on rail | Association pushes for Illinois improvements | Illinois capital bill hostage to political battle | California may start new trend in November | The Train in Spain
April 2008 (.pdf file)
The plot to derail rail’s revival | Passenger Rail Working Group announces $357 billion rail plan | Celebrating 15 years of growth | Illinois service expansions defined | Passenger rail helps define Normal, Illinois | Michigan advocates push for increased service | Illinois’ RTA nightmare ends | Wisconsin joins the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission | International News
January 2008 (.pdf file)
Chicago transit funding on hold | Oil future bleak | Gas tax running on empty | Fighting for the future of transit | St. Louis MetroLink ridership up | GO going for three | A fast train from...Victorville? | Tracking Europe: Part 1