News Archives  Previous Activities Resources Archives

News Archives


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

MIPRC states upgrading region’s intercity passenger rail lines

Four years ago, federal lawmakers made an historic funding commitment to passenger rail – billions of dollars for projects that aim to improve intercity and interstate service.

The Midwest has received $2.5 billion of the money obligated so far under the High Speed Intercity Passenger Rail (HSIPR) program (a little more than a quarter of total federal funding) for 39 different projects.

That money is being used by eight states in the region to implement the first phase of a plan to bring faster, more frequent passenger rail service to the region. This plan, known as the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative, envisions a 3,000-mile interstate system of high speed trains traveling to and from the region’s largest cities.

In March, during a webinar hosted by the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC), officials from five different states – Michigan, Illinois, Missouri, Indiana and Minnesota – updated MIPRC commissioners on how the federal dollars are being used.

To read about these developments, click here.

A recording of the entire webinar – Passenger Rail Development in the Midwest: Our History and Plans for the Future – is available here.


Secretariat services provided by The Council Of State Governments' Midwestern Office.