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