Holidays on High-Speed Trains

January 06, 2017

Happy holidays! This holiday season about 100 million U.S. citizens traveled all over the country to visit family and friends. China’s travel season is just beginning with the Chinese New Year running from January 13 – February 21. The Chinese Railway Corporation is expecting 356 million total trips on China’s railway network during the holidays.

China has prepared for what is likely the busiest month of travel anywhere in the world by opening new high-speed rail services. The final section of the Kunming-Shanghai service opened on December 28, 2016. This new high-speed line finally connects the Yunnan Province of Southwest China to the nation’s high-speed rail network.

The distance between Kunming and Shanghai is 1,500 miles. This is comparable to traveling from Chicago to Salt Lake City, which currently takes 34 hours by train on the California Zephyr. This new high-speed line in China cuts travel time from 35 hours to a half days journey (11 hours). Even more importantly, citizens of the Yunnan province are now connected to friends and family in many other cities with frequent high-speed service.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

We are very appreciative of everyone who helped us reach and surpass our end of year goal of $90,000. It is with your support that we are able to approach 2017 poised to seize new and exciting opportunities. We will continue to push for fast, frequent and dependable trains in 2017 with letter writing campaigns, events, the Midwest Rail Report, community organizing, coalition building, media conferences, and more. 

Articles We Enjoyed:

Push for Daily Amtrak Service on Cincinnati Route Intensifies
"Amtrak itself projected in 2010 that daily service on the Cardinal would result in nearly doubling the current number of passengers utilizing that train."

Siemens has Developed a More Flexibly Deployable High-Speed Train
"Siemens has implemented a radical new concept for the Deutsche Bahn’s ICE 4 high-speed train. All of the cars now operate as independent units and can be combined to form trains with anything from five to 14 cars. The ICE 4 trains will start operating officially in 2017."

Train Station Construction at Orlando Airport on Track
”The new train station will accommodate people-movers from the northern airport terminal. It will also be part of All Aboard Florida's Brightline, the nation's first privately funded intercity train system that will run from Miami to West Palm Beach to Orlando."

Twin Cities Passenger Rail Climbs Back on Track
"After suffering one of the nation’s worst downturns, Amtrak’s passenger rail service through Minnesota is enjoying one of the nation’s strongest bounce-backs."

Amtrak’s New CEO Talks Transportation Under Trump
"Moorman tells Here & Now's Meghna Chakrabarti about his plans to chart a course for Amtrak's future growth, and what Donald Trump's infrastructure spending plan might mean for improving and modernizing the railroad network."

Republicans Embrace Amtrak’s Gulf Coast Rebirth
"Now local and state Republican leaders along the Gulf Coast are promoting a revived Amtrak route as a tool for commerce and jobs. Could a new era of an Amtrak-friendly GOP be at hand?"

Upcoming Events:

2017 MHSRA Annual Meeting

When: Saturday April 1, 2017 - 9:00am to 3:00pm (Check in will start at 8:30am)
Where: Maggiano's Little Italy, 516 N. Clark St., Chicago, IL 60654
Cost: Single Ticket: $60.00
    Student Ticket: $20.00
    *Cost includes lunch

Register Here

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625