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Illinois, Michigan rail projects among inaugural RAISE grant awards
Illinois, Michigan rail projects among inaugural RAISE grant awards

Illinois, Michigan rail projects among inaugural RAISE grant awards

Passenger rail-related projects in Illinois and Michigan are among the winners of inaugural Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) discretionary grants program, which is the former TIGER/BUILD grant program renamed and repurposed.

The U.S. Department of Transportation on Nov. 19 announced nearly $1 billion worth of funding was awarded to 90 surface transportation infrastructure projects in 47 states, the District of Columbia and Guam. Fiscal Year 2021 RAISE grants are for planning and capital investments, for projects that will have a significant local or regional impact, a U.S. DOT press release said.

Second daily Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train gets the green light as Minnesota provides TCMC Project match
Second daily Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train gets the green light as Minnesota provides TCMC Project match

Second daily Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago train gets the green light as Minnesota provides TCMC Project match

The final piece of the local funding puzzle for a second daily train between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee and Chicago fell into place on June 26 when Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz signed a transportation omnibus funding bill that includes the state’s share of non-federal money for the long-planned project.

Michigan wins another 'State of Good Repair' grant
Michigan wins another 'State of Good Repair' grant

Michigan wins another 'State of Good Repair' grant

Michigan was the Midwestern winner in the latest round of federal “State of Good Repair” grants for fiscal year 2020, announced Oct. 28 by the Federal Railroad Administration. The Michigan Department of Transportation won up to $15,570,327 for 11 projects to modify track curves between Ypsilanti to Jackson that, when completed, are expected to provide a 7-minute reduction in trip times on the Wolverine and improve operational reliability and grade crossing safety throughout the Detroit-Chicago corridor.

TCMC project wins a $31.8 million CRISI grant
TCMC project wins a $31.8 million CRISI grant

TCMC project wins a $31.8 million CRISI grant

The multi-state effort to add a second daily train between the Twin Cities, Milwaukee, and Chicago just got another major boost from the federal government. The Federal Railroad Administration  announced  on Sept. 23, 2020, that the “TCMC” project – also known as the “Second Empire Builder” – has been awarded a $31.8 million Consolidated Railroad Infrastructure and Safety Improvement  (CRISI) grant for final design and construction.

New 'Amtrak Midwest' passenger cars begin arriving
New 'Amtrak Midwest' passenger cars begin arriving

New 'Amtrak Midwest' passenger cars begin arriving

The first of 88 new passenger cars will arrive in the Midwest in August to begin their testing phase. They should be in revenue service on state-supported routes in Illinois, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin by the end of 2020, Illinois Department of Transportation officials said.

Illinois, Michigan awarded $19 million in State of Good Repair grants
Illinois, Michigan awarded $19 million in State of Good Repair grants

Illinois, Michigan awarded $19 million in State of Good Repair grants

Illinois and Michigan won $19 million in the latest round of Federal-State Partnership for State of Good Repair Program (SOGR) grants, announced in late May by the Federal Railroad Administration. Those grants were two of 12 awarded to projects in nine states, totaling more than $302 million.

MIPRC states win $48.8 million in latest round of CRISI grants
MIPRC states win $48.8 million in latest round of CRISI grants

MIPRC states win $48.8 million in latest round of CRISI grants

MIPRC states fared well in the latest round of federal Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) grants, announced March 12 by the U.S. Department of Transportation. Among $248.5 million in total grant funds awarded to 27 states, passenger rail-related projects projects in Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin will receive up to $48,795,496.

Kansas Legislature holds third annual hearing on passenger rail
Kansas Legislature holds third annual hearing on passenger rail

Kansas Legislature holds third annual hearing on passenger rail

Kansas state Senator and MIPRC Commissioner Carolyn McGinn hosted the Kansas Legislature’s third annual hearing on passenger rail at the Kansas State Capitol on January 22. Representatives from Amtrak, BNSF, Kansas DOT (KDOT) and MIPRC were invited to address an overflow group of legislators and advocates on the current state of passenger rail development at the federal, state and local levels.

Two Illinois cities win BUILD grants to improve their Amtrak stations
Two Illinois cities win BUILD grants to improve their Amtrak stations

Two Illinois cities win BUILD grants to improve their Amtrak stations

Two Illinois Amtrak station improvement projects are the only Midwestern passenger rail-related winners among $900 million in BUILD (Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development) grants announced on November 12, 2019, by the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In first 'State of Good Repair' grant awards, Midwest comes up big again
In first 'State of Good Repair' grant awards, Midwest comes up big again

In first 'State of Good Repair' grant awards, Midwest comes up big again

Fresh from the June announcement that every MIPRC state had won a Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements grant, the region got more good news in August when the Federal Railroad Administration announced the first “State Of Good Repair” (SOGR) grant awards: three Midwestern states are among the 10 winners.

All MIPRC states awarded FY 2018 CRISI grants
All MIPRC states awarded FY 2018 CRISI grants

All MIPRC states awarded FY 2018 CRISI grants

The Midwest reaped a bountiful harvest last month when the Federal Railroad Administration announced more than $326 million in grant awards to states, localities and railroads for the Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Improvements (CRISI) program.

Illinois' new capital budget will boost, improve passenger rail service
Illinois' new capital budget will boost, improve passenger rail service

Illinois' new capital budget will boost, improve passenger rail service

Capital funding and new service are coming down the tracks for riders of Illinois’ passenger trains in the state’s new six-year, $45 billion capital budget, a.k.a the “Rebuild Illinois” program. That budget, signed by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 28, allocates $33 billion to transportation, including funding to improve existing routes and revive two dormant projects to restore passenger service – between Chicago and the Quad Cities, and Chicago and Rockford.

Illinois wins $132m INFRA grant to help untangle Midwest's worst rail junction
Illinois wins $132m INFRA grant to help untangle Midwest's worst rail junction

Illinois wins $132m INFRA grant to help untangle Midwest's worst rail junction

The program to untangle the national railroad network’s Gordian knot on Chicago’s south side has won a $132 million federal Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant for the 75th Street Corridor Improvement Project (CIP).

Kansas to benefit from latest TIGER grant for Southwest Chief track work
Kansas to benefit from latest TIGER grant for Southwest Chief track work

Kansas to benefit from latest TIGER grant for Southwest Chief track work

Riders of Amtrak’s long-distance Southwest Chief service – especially those in western Kansas – got $16 million worth of good news when the U.S. Department of Transportation announced the TIGER grant program’s latest winners on March 9.

New Michigan Services timetable shows shorter trips after rail investments
New Michigan Services timetable shows shorter trips after rail investments

New Michigan Services timetable shows shorter trips after rail investments

A new schedule took effect for the state-supported Blue Water and Wolverine services starting on January 22, 2018, replacing the one that had been in effect since June 26, 2017,  reflecting significant improvements in running times thanks to upgrades to tracks and other infrastructure geared for 110 miles per hour service in the near future.

'Purpose and Need Statement' released for Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago service
'Purpose and Need Statement' released for Twin Cities-Milwaukee-Chicago service

'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.

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