Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission Partners are committed to the Commission's regional, bipartisan and multi-branch approach to passenger rail development and advocacy. MIPRC is proud to acknowledge our Partners: Amtrak; 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 the University of Illinois.

Learn more about becoming a MIPRC Partner by contacting Laura Kliewer (

Corporate Partners

Siemens Mobility Division

Siemens Mobility Division provides efficient and integrated transportation of people and goods by rail and road – including rolling stock, rail automation, rail electrification, intelligent traffic systems and service. Siemens designs and manufactures across the entire spectrum of rolling stock, including commuter and regional passenger trains, light rail and streetcars, metros, locomotives, passenger coaches and high-speed trainsets. Cities and Railroads also rely on Siemens to provide traction-power substations and electricity transmission, as well as signaling and control technology for freight and passenger rail and transit systems.

Website:  Siemens Mobility Division


WSP USA, formerly WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff, is the U.S. operating company of WSP, one of the world's leading engineering and professional services firms. Dedicated to serving local communities, the firm employs more than 7,000 engineers, planners, technical experts, strategic advisors and construction management professionals in 100 offices across the U.S. WSP has extensive experience with all forms of rail transit, including commuter rail, urban metros, streetcars and high-speed systems. The firm combines expertise in engineering design and construction-phase services with strategic consulting, land use planning, and program management to provide clients with comprehensive support from inception through operations, with a strong emphasis on making transportation infrastructure truly sustainable.

Website: WSP

Quandel Consultants

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.

Website:  Quandel Consultants, LLC


Non-Profit Partners

University of Illinois

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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!

Website:  University of Illinois


Honorary Partners


Amtrak – America’s Railroad® – is dedicated to safe and reliable mobility as the nation’s intercity passenger rail service provider and its high-speed rail operator. With our state and commuter partners, we move people, the economy and the nation forward, carrying more than 30 million Amtrak passengers for each of the past five years. Formally known as the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, Amtrak is governed by a nine member board of directors appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the U.S. Senate. Anthony R. Coscia is board chairman and Jeffrey R. Moreland is vice chairman.  Amtrak operates more than 300 trains daily – at speeds up to 150 mph (241 kph) – connecting more than 500 destinations in 46 states, the District of Columbia and three Canadian Provinces. Learn more at or call 800-USA-RAIL for schedules, fares and other information. Check us out at, Like us on and follow us on Twitter: @Amtrak.

Website:  Amtrak


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