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'Purpose and Need Statement' released for Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago service
The proposed Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago (TCMC) Intercity Passenger Rail Service project between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago cleared a procedural hurdle to entering the federal passenger rail program with the release of a Purpose and Need Statement , which defines the purpose of the project and the transportation needs addressed by the project, the Minnesota Department of Transportation officially announced on July 25, 2017.
Inspection train reveals strong support for connecting Southwest Chief, Heartland Flyer services
Passenger rail service through Kansas is currently limited to just one daily round-trip train, the Chicago-Los Angeles
, which has six stops across Kansas (Lawrence, Topeka, Newton, Hutchinson, Dodge City and Garden City). But that may change in wake of a June 9th inspection train from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to Kansas City, Missouri, following strong ridership on an Amtrak Thruway bus connection that commenced in April of 2016.
North Dakota releases draft of 2040 state rail plan
North Dakota is seeking comments on the draft of its new state rail plan, which looks ahead to 2040.
Midwest among winners of recent federal PTC grants
Three Midwestern projects in Illinois and Missouri won $51 million in federal grants to implement Positive Train Control systems, the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and Federal Transit Administration (FTA) announced on May 31.
Hoosier State schedule rescheduled to shed minutes from Chicago-Indianapolis run
A faster schedule is in effect starting this month for the state-supported, Chicago-Indianapolis Hoosier State train.
Public meetings set for Northern Lights Express Tier 2 Project Level Environmental Assessment
The Tier 2 Environmental Assessment (EA) of the proposed Northern Lights Express (NLX) connecting Duluth/Superior to the Twin Cities is now available for public review and comment. Public meetings will be held May 16-18, and written comments on the Tier 2 Project Level EA are
due by May 24, 2017
Amtrak to take over Hoosier State starting on March 1
UPDATE (Feb. 28, 2017)
: Starting March 1, the
service between Indianapolis and Chicago is transitioning to “all-Amtrak” equipment and service. To help with the transition, Amtrak, the Indiana Department of Transportation and its community partners are offering travelers some special deals for the month of March.
Midwest passenger rail improvements include new stations ... plenty of new stations
When discussing Amtrak service improvement projects in the Midwest, the upgrades of Chicago-Detroit and Chicago-St. Louis services to 110 miles per hour probably comes to mind first. Perhaps lost in that din, however, is the millions of dollars spent on renovating or building new stations.
Green signal from FRA for Chicago-Ft. Wayne-Columbus corridor alternatives analysis
Supporters of the proposed Chicago-Fort Wayne, Ind.-Columbus, Ohio passenger rail line have approval from federal and state agencies to take the first procedural step toward establishing the new rail line.
Midwest dominates Amtrak's FY 2016 station customer survey
Four Midwestern Amtrak stations – two in Missouri and two in Michigan – are in the top ten list for overall station experience in FY 2016, according to an Amtrak station customer satisfaction survey.
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