Can you help us seize a great opportunity? Here's the deal:
Illinois hasn't passed a capital spending package since 2009, leaving the state with a laundry list of infrastructure projects that desperately need funding. With a new governor and general assembly in office, a capital bill is on the agenda for the upcoming legislative session. We want to make sure that fast, frequent and dependable trains are a big part of the mix.
Last week, Democrats in the Washington State Senate introduced a new appropriations bill that contains language dedicating just over $3 million towards “the development of a new ultra high-speed ground transportation corridor authority.” The language defines "ultra high-speed" as a maximum testing speed of at least 250 mph (the TGV tested at 357 mph). It is a big step towards the construction of a true high-speed rail system in the Pacific Northwest.
On January 10, Governor Holcomb released his proposed budget for the next two fiscal years. In it, he proposed eliminating the Chicago – Indianapolis Hoosier State.
Please ask Governor Holcomb to invest in the train, not cut it!
Do you wish you could get from Chicago to Cleveland in 2 and a half hours? Detroit to Toronto in 1 and a half? Kansas City to St. Louis in 2?
Maybe, you want to take the train to a city like Green Bay, Fort Wayne or Cedar Rapids?
Or, do you want to ride a modern, high-frequency commuter train like the RER in Paris or the S-Bahn in Munich?
Join us if you wish American trains were faster, more frequent and served more places – no matter where you want to ride.
As 2018 draws to a close, we look back at some big moments in the fight for fast, frequent and reliable trains. Even better, we look forward to a new year that’s set to bring great things.
A message from Beth Coulson, one of this week's challenge grant givers:
It’s the last day of our challenge.
To all who’ve donated, thank you! Not only did we blow past our first goal of 125 donations, we met our second goal of 200 to receive a total of $6,000 in bonus challenge grants.
Let's keep this train rolling! If you haven’t given yet, please consider donating now!
If you already donated, please share this challenge with a friend or family member.
A message from Executive Director Richard Harnish:
Two things I love—trains and the Midwest—are perfect for each other. That’s why I’m asking you to join the Midwest High Speed Rail Association.
The Midwest is a unique and wonderful place, but traveling around the region by car is a pain. Things are so spread out, and the weather can make the roads a stressful nightmare.
A message from Hannah Meinen, a member of our Young Professionals Board:
Simply put, I joined the Midwest High Speed Rail Association because I want to take the train more. It provides a platform for my vision of public transportation to be amplified.
I grew up in Indianapolis, where there is practically no form of travel other than a personal vehicle. I’ve lived in Spain, where their transportation locally, nationally and in the E.U. is the best I’ve ever seen.
Please join me in building a reconnected region by making a donation today.
Like you, I’m often asked to support worthy organizations. I gladly choose to contribute to Midwest High Speed Rail Association—and I hope you will as well.
Why? It’s all regional for me.
With a new governor about to take office in Illinois, the state might finally pass a capital bill that could fund Metra’s $5 billion train and track replacement need--and create the core of the Midwest’s regional rail network.
As if we needed another reminder about how pressing this need is, the Chicago region’s beleaguered commuter rail operator suffered two high-profile mechanical failures this week.