China's HSR Expansion Continues

May 12, 2017

China expands their high-speed rail so often that it's hardly news. Testing began on their first high-speed line to Inner Mongolia. This is the first of three high-speed lines that will serve cities in Inner Mongolia.

The trains are being tested at 170 mph on the initial section from Hohhot- Ulanquab, which is due to open in July. The remainder of the line from Ulanquab - Zhangjiakou will be commissioned next year.

Once construction of the line is complete journey times between Beijing - Hohhot, a 300 mile distance, will be cut from around nine hours to less than three hours. China is constructing what amounts to a high-speed line from Chicago - Detroit in just a few years. In fact this distance is comparable to many of the potential high-speed rail corridors in the Midwest. What China is accomplishing with regularity, would transform the way we travel in the Midwest.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week at MHSRA

Dylan Hayward took the train from Chicago to Galesburg, IL for an Amtrak Corridor meeting, consisting of leaders from along the Chicago - Quincy line. This group does a great job of promoting the existing service and the value it brings to their communities.

MHSRA Board Member Beth Coulson and her husband Bill were given a behind the scenes tour at a Brightline facility in Florida. See Beth at the controls of a new Siemens Charger locomotive.

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