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Mr. Tim Hoeffner

Vice Chair
Ms. Joan Bray

Financial Officer
Sen. Carolyn McGinn

Laura Kliewer 

For more information, contact:
Laura Kliewer

Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission
701 E. 22nd Street, Suite 110
Lombard, IL 60148
Phone:   630/925-1922
Fax:   630/925-1930


The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC) is proud to acknowledge its MIPRC Partners: Amtrak; Corridor Capital LLC; Illinois State University; Emerson Electric; Ohio Association of Regional Councils; Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority; SMART-Transportation Division (formerly UTU); Southern Illinois University, Carbondale; Teamsters Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters; Quandel Consultants LLC; and University of Illinois!

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Corridor Capital LLC

Corridor Capital LLC is a Chicago-based passenger-train development company that assembles all of the elements that states and communities need to manage their own passenger-rail service.  Just as a real-estate developer brings planners, architects, engineers, financiers, contractors and legal expertise together to open a new building or project, Corridor Capital brings together the appropriate cadre of civil and mechanical engineers, railcar and locomotive builders, station and terminal managers, planners, financiers, ticketing/marketing professionals, maintenance contractors, hospitality services and information-technology specialists that governments require in order to establish and operate their own passenger-rail services.  Corridor Capital LLC also maintains close relationships with Amtrak, our partner and operator of all state-supported corridor services, and with the Association of American Railroads, to make sure that clients’ operations interact successfully with the nation’s freight-railroad industry.



Emerson Electric

Emerson Electric is a diversified global manufacturing and technology company that offers a wide range of products and services in the areas of process management, climate technologies, network power, storage solutions, professional tools, appliance solutions, motor technologies, and industrial automation. Emerson fully supports the development of a modern high speed rail system in the Midwest, especially 220-mph bullet trains. Emerson believes that, not only will high speed rail boost our economy, it will also be a game-changer in creating a true Midwestern network. Emerson’s General Counsel, Frank Steeves, is Missouri’s private sector representative on MIPRC.



Quandel Consultants, LLC

Quandel Consultants provides engineering, planning, operational analysis, and construction management services to the railroad and transit industries and is a member of the Quandel Enterprises family of companies with offices in Chicago, IL; St. Paul, MN; Columbus, Oh; Cincinnati, OH; Baltimore, MD; Harrisburg, PA; Minersville, PA and Scranton, PA. Quandel has worked with virtually all the Class 1 Freight Railroads, Metra and Amtrak and enjoys excellent relationships with the railroad industry. In addition, Quandel staff offers extensive experience in railroad planning and engineering and has performed work for the Department of Transportation for the States of Michigan, Wisconsin, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Minnesota, Iowa, Missouri and Colorado. Quandel was the lead Consultant for the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI) from 2009 to 2012.



Illinois State University

Founded in 1857, Illinois State is Illinois’ oldest public university. Under the leadership of President Al Bowman, Illinois State has become a first-choice public institution of higher learning for talented and motivated students. As a campus of more than 20,000 students and 3,000 employees, Illinois State is committed to public transportation and passenger rail development initiatives. The University is proud to be a MIPRC Founding Partner.



 Ohio Association of Regional Councils

The Ohio Association of Regional Councils (OARC) includes 23 agencies serving 1,525 municipalities, villages, townships and counties. Regional councils coordinate and work to encourage collaboration among communities and identify priority needs of their regions. Regional councils have a number of important roles that benefit the quality of life and economic future of our local communities in the areas of transportation, environment, economic development, housing, senior services, land use and data collection. Regional councils also help secure financing from a variety of local, state, federal and even private funding sources for projects that have a positive impact on the residential and commercial sectors. Most of Ohio’s regional councils are federally mandated Metropolitan Planning Organizations that bring local officials together to determine transportation priorities and how to allocate federal transportation dollars. OARC is also a member of the National Association of Regional Councils and works at a national level to assertively advocate the issues, policies and interests of Ohio’s regions.



Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority

Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority is dedicated to the long-range vision of transit services to meet the needs of today and future generations. The Regional Railroad Authority works with other regional railroad authorities and transit providers in the Twin Cities to ensure that adequate resources are available to sustain the existing transit system and to advance a long-range vision of transit and transitway services. The authority led the development of the Central Corridor, now Metro Transit Green Line, through its selection of light rail as the locally preferred alternative. The Regional Railroad Authority owns Union Depot, Minnesota’s premier multimodal transportation hub. As a Founding Partner of MIPRC and a member of the Minnesota High Speed Rail Commission, the authority is committed to the long-term and sustainable development of passenger rail within the Midwest.


SMART-Transportation Division


SMART-Transportation Division (formerly United Transportation Union) is a broad-based, transportation labor union representing about 125,000 active and retired railroad, bus and mass transit workers in the United States. SMART-TD is the largest railroad operating union in North America, with more than 500 locals. SMART-TD represents employees on every Class I railroad, as well as employees on many regional and shortline railroads, and bus and mass transit employees as well. Widely recognized as the leader among transportation labor groups, SMART-TD is a staunch supporter of passenger rail and has been instrumental in the preservation of Amtrak, our national passenger rail network, and is proud to be a partner with the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission.



Southern Illinois University Carbondale

Founded in 1869 as a small teachers’ college, Southern Illinois University Carbondale (SIUC) has evolved into a comprehensive student-centered research institution that each year attracts 20,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Access and diversity are hallmarks of the university; 43 percent of first-time entering freshmen are first-generation college students. SIUC offers more than 200 undergraduate majors, minors, and specializations, 72 master’s degree programs, and 32 doctoral, medicine and law programs. With more than 7,000 employees, SIUC is the economic engine of the region known as Southern Illinois, and the university is committed to maintaining strong partnerships with the communities it serves to enhance their development and the lives of all of their residents.



Teamsters Rail Conference, International Brotherhood of Teamsters

The Teamsters Rail Conference represents more than 70,000 rail employees in the United States who work as locomotive engineers, trainmen and maintenance of way workers on the five major freight railroads, Amtrak and numerous commuter rail systems and short lines. The Conference was formed in early 2004 after the merger of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and added to in late 2004 when the Brotherhood of Maintenance of Way Employes also merged with the Teamsters.



University of Illinois

The University of Illinois is recognized as having the strongest rail engineering program in North America. It combines unparalleled educational programs with a vibrant research focusing on critical issues and emerging technologies in passenger, freight and transit systems, with programs in Chicago and Urbana Champaign. Beyond the growth of its own programs, the University of Illinois is taking the lead in proposing the creation of a new national rail effort for education and research at other top institutions. The University of Illinois is dedicated to continually educating and training the workforce that designs, builds and runs the passenger, freight and transit lines that keep America moving!

Honorary Partners

During its June 14, 2011 Spring meeting in Washington, D.C., MIPRC Chair Rep. Elaine Nekritz announced Amtrak as an Honorary MIPRC Partner. On June 15, Rep. Nekritz presented a certificate for the honorary designation to Amtrak CEO Joe Boardman.


About MIPRC Partners

MIPRC Partners are committed to the commission's regional, bipartisan and multi-branch approach to passenger rail development and advocacy. We thank our MIPRC Partners for their commitment to strategically investing in the future of our region's passenger rail system.

Find out more about becoming a MIPRC Partner now by contacting Laura Kliewer.


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