Midwest FRA-Led Multistate Planning
The Midwest has been chosen as one of two regions that will participate in a Federal Railroad Administration (FRA)-led multistate rail planning process! The region was chosen based on MIPRC’s Statement of Interest and Qualifications submitted on behalf of the Midwest in November 2014.
The Midwest’s regional rail plan will help the region and FRA determine the priorities, studies and investment needed to advance projects within a multi-state network.
The twelve Midwestern state DOTs and MIPRC are the lead stakeholders for the project. Thirty supporting stakeholders include local governments, MPOs, railroads, public and private passenger rail operators, transit agencies, and other regional and statewide planning organizations. For a full list of stakeholders, click here.
The project’s formal kick-off was March 8 in Chicago. For information on the March workshop, as well as upcoming events, or to sign up as an interested party to the Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study, visit the FRA’s website on the project: www.midwestrailplan.org.
Overview of Midwest’s FRA-Led Planning Project
In December of 2015, Congress laid the groundwork for the development of a truly multi-modal transportation system in our nation with passage of the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. Since its inception, MIPRC has advocated for intercity passenger rail to be included in federal surface transportation reauthorization legislation. For the first time in transportation legislative history, intercity passenger rail and Amtrak reauthorization language are included as part of this comprehensive five-year surface transportation bill.
Three new intercity passenger rail grant programs were established in the FAST Act, but no funding for these grants was provided within the FFY 2016 transportation appropriations. Full funding for these important programs should be included within FFY 2017 transportation appropriations, so our states can continue to build on their passenger rail development successes.
MIPRC Chair Testifies Before U.S. Senate Transportation Committee 2/25/2016
MIPRC Submits Comments to STB re: OTP and Amtrak Preference 2/23/2016
MIPRC urges Midwestern Members of Congress to Support Extension of PTC Implementation Deadline 10/12/2015
MIPRC submits federal FY 2016 funding request 4/29/2015
MIPRC submits comments to T&I Committee on reauthorization of PRIIA 9/23/2014
MIPRC submits FY 2015 federal funding request 4/14/2014
See the awards Midwestern states have received thus far from the federal government to build the region's system of fast, frequent passenger rail service!
Click here for information on the Midwestern states’ 2010-2011 High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) awards