When President Trump released his proposed 2018 budget earlier this year, it cut all funding for long-distance Amtrak trains. It also proposed killing programs like Core Capacity, New Starts and CRISI (Consolidated Rail Infrastructure and Safety Grants), which maintain and improve our passenger rail infrastucture.
Passengers in France are celebrating the first trains on 303 miles of new high-speed lines. The new segments are extensions of the LGV Atlantique (Atlantic high-speed line), first completed in 1990, which heads west from Paris then splits into a “Y” to reach Le Mans and Tours. The new segments extend 200 mph service west from Le Mans to Rennes and south from Tours to Bordeaux.
Break out the champagne! We're proud to unveil our new website and new logo.
The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is dedicated to bringing fast, frequent and reliable trains to our region. Our new site lays out:
We’ve been working very hard for the past few months on a brand new website, and we’re very excited to share it with you. It’s almost ready, and we’ll let you know as soon as it’s live.
The National Association of Railroad Passengers is launching a campaign to respond loudly to the Administration’s proposed budget, which would eliminate all funding for passenger trains. On June 23rd, the campaign will launch with rallies being held across the country.
There’s been a flurry of news in the past week, both good and bad, that could have long-term impacts on passenger rail in North America.
The Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) is leading a Midwest Regional Rail Planning Study (MWRRPS), with the goal of creating a 40-year vision for passenger rail in the Midwest. This will build off the network envisioned in the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI). We’ve learned a lot since then and this is a great opportunity to strengthen our region’s vision.
China expands their high-speed rail so often that it's hardly news. Testing began on their first high-speed line to Inner Mongolia. This is the first of three high-speed lines that will serve cities in Inner Mongolia.
The trains are being tested at 170 mph on the initial section from Hohhot- Ulanquab, which is due to open in July. The remainder of the line from Ulanquab - Zhangjiakou will be commissioned next year.
A budget proposal for the rest of FY17 has passed Congress and is awaiting the signature of President Trump. Once signed it will provide increased funding for transportation compared to FY16. This is a far cry from the ‘skinny budget’ the Trump Administration released in March, which threatened to eliminate funding for passenger trains throughout the country.