Rome does airport express right
We saw a lot of great things on our trip to Italy. The food was great. The scenery was inspiring. You won't be surprised, though, to learn that one of my favorite parts was spending a few minutes at the train station inside Rome's airport.
I was only there briefly, but saw three different types of trains: first, a high-speed, intercity train that was ready to depart to downtown Rome and then onward to Venice at speeds up to 160 mph. (This is the train on the left, in the background, in the first photo.) Imagine arriving from overseas at O'Hare and proceeding to downtown Minneapolis or Cincinnati on a fast, comfortable train. It would be a lot nicer than cramming into a little "puddle jumper" plane where you spend just as much time in the prison-like phases of taxiing, takeoff and landing as you do in level flight.
Next, a Leonardo Express arrived. This is a first-class, non-stop "airport express" train from downtown Rome. It makes the journey in only 32 minutes but at a premium fare. This is exactly the sort of train Mayor Emanuel would love to see from downtown Chicago to O'Hare. (This is the train on the right in the first photo.)
Finally, there was a commuter train bound for a small town on the far opposite side of Rome, making all stops along the way. (This is the blue and green train in the second photo.) Even though it's a second-class train, it has comfortable seats on two full levels, plus roll-on boarding for bikes and wheelchairs. Imagine taking a single Metra train from Blue Island or South Holland, through downtown, all the way to O'Hare.
We could have all this here in the Midwest. CrossRail Chicago calls for upgrading and extending our existing railroad network to not only bring first-class express trains to O'Hare, but also commuter and intercity trains from around the region. We won't enjoy this level of interconnectivity or travel options if we build an all-new type of transit to O'Hare that isn't compatible with the "regular old railroads" that already surround Chicago.
Donate today if you want to see this sort of great train service in the Midwest.
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December 02, 2017
10:00 am to 2:00 pm
This is a combined meeting of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association and the annual meeting of the Michigan Association of Railroad Passengers annual meeting.
The full agenda will be available soon. It will include a presentation by MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish, on the Phased Network Approach.
The meeting location is walking distance from the new Dearborn, MI railroad station.
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.