New paper lays the foundation for a Midwest high-speed rail network
So often when we talk about high-speed rail, we assume we’re only connecting big cities. Chicago to Minneapolis. New York to Washington. Los Angeles to San Francisco.
High-speed rail brings big benefits to major cities, but a lot of us in the Midwest don’t live in big cities. We live in Madison, Fort Wayne, Springfield. These are places that are too small to be blessed by high-speed rail, right?
Not at all. Around the world, successful high-speed rail systems bring faster, more frequent train service to places the size of Peoria by building robust networks. One new, high-speed line connects to many existing and upgraded conventional lines. Trains take advantage of the high-speed line for a portion of their journey, then seamlessly connect to older rails to reach their destinations.
You’ve heard us talk about the Phased Network Approach before, but today we’re excited to share a detailed white paper that examines the Midwest’s high-speed rail potential from start to finish. It considers examples from Europe and Asia that show how to maximize the demand for trains, then proposes how we could build a network in the Midwest. It also shows how our current funding and planning structure in the U.S. is seemingly engineered to prevent such a network from happening, and what policy changes are necessary to correct this.
Your donations power the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, and this white paper wouldn’t have been possible without your help. Thank you! Please consider donating to fund the next phase of our research, which will identify the Midwest high-speed lines to build first for the biggest effect.
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November 03, 2018 to November 11, 2018
The best way to see how fast, frequent and dependable trains transform communities is to ride them and see the cities they serve.
Over the years, members of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association have traveled to see high-speed rail and transit systems in Europe and Asia. Each of the trips has been insightful and motivating. We have also made important business connections along the way.
Hopefully, you can join us on the next tour: Italy in November of 2018. The main tour begins in Rome on November 3 and ends in Rome on November 11. Rick Harnish will be your tour leader.