O'Hare Train Station

February 08, 2017

News recently broke that the City of Chicago is in the process of a major redesign and/or replacement of terminals at O’Hare. This is an opportunity to create a true high-speed rail link to the airport from the rest of the region.

The long-term leases with the airlines expire in 2018 and the airlines would like to see a different terminal arrangement to make the connection between international and domestic flights more seamless.

O'Hare Airport's landing fees are already much higher than they are at competing hub airports. The risk is that this terminal expansion will drive those landing fees even higher.

We believe that high-speed and commuter rail have an important role to play in strengthening the economics at O’Hare by feeding more passengers to the larger long-distance flights while removing the burden of small connecting flights from cities better served by trains.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

P.S. You can learn more about our efforts regarding an O’Hare train station at O'Hare Direct.

Last Week at MHSRA:

Crain’s Chicago Business published our letter to the editor on an O’Hare train station. It is the second story here.

We attended a meeting with elected officials and stakeholders for Amtrak services in Western Illinois. Additional frequencies and new high-performance rolling stock would provide improved service for these communities.

Articles We Enjoyed:

California GOP asks Trump to Halt High-Speed Rail Grants
"California Republicans in Congress are asking the Trump administration to block new grant money for a high-speed railway linking the state’s two metropolitan hubs after federal officials concluded last month that the rail line is likely to cost taxpayers far more than was initially projected."

Talking Headways Podcast: How France Makes High-Speed Rail Meld With Cities
"As France develops its high-speed rail network, the areas around stations are treated not just as transportation initiatives but as city-building projects."

Wisconsin Bullet Train Proposal Races for Voter Attention
"Bob Harlow, a 2018 Democratic candidate in the race for Governor of Wisconsin, is causing quite a stir with plans to install a high-speed bullet train for public transport."

$10BN High Speed Rail Between Las Vegas and Reno Envisioned
"The town board voted 5-0 on Jan. 11 to write a letter in support of a study that would look at the possibility of constructing high-speed rail between Las Vegas and Reno."

What California HSR Can Learn from Europe
"I visited some of Europe’s best rail stations to study the aspects of their success and understand what role such infrastructure can play in American cities. Throughout my visit, three fundamental aspects emerged: context, mobility and experience."

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