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June 28, 2011
Richard Harnish
There have been many developments in high-speed rail over the last two weeks. Here is a summary of what I feel are some of the most important developments, including one item that needs your input!
May 24, 2011
Richard Harnish
I recently spent some time tending the Midwest High Speed Rail Association's booth at the 2011 Green Festival held at McCormick Place in Chicago. I met hundreds of people interested in high-speed rail.
April 15, 2011
Richard Harnish
Thanks to everyone who sent emails to Congress Monday night. Unfortunately the high-speed rail appropriation in the FY2010 budget was cut from $2.5 billion down to $2.1 billion. Worse yet, the entire $1 billion FY2011 appropriation has been completely eliminated.
March 25, 2011
Richard Harnish
Attention, anti-train governors: Any state that fails to provide its young people with modern transit and intercity train service is going to find its best and brightest drifting away to places that appreciate young people and provide them with the amenities they expect.
March 16, 2011
Richard Harnish
Since November, three of the largest awarded ARRA-funded passenger rail projects comprising 30 percent of the total allocation have been cancelled. The federal government is preparing to reallocate $2.4 billion in a competitive bidding process. We need to take action now.
February 18, 2011
Richard Harnish

Yesterday, I joined Illinois Senator Martin Sandoval, Chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee, at a press conference where he called upon Governor Quinn and the Federal Railroad Administrator to begin designing a 220-mph high-speed rail line.

January 31, 2011
Richard Harnish

My round-trip ticket cost $850. That was for an hour and ten-minute flight.

January 25, 2011
Richard Harnish
During his State of the Union address today, President Obama set a goal of connecting 80% of Americans by high-speed rail within 25 years.
January 04, 2011
Richard Harnish
2010 was a very good year for passenger rail supporters in the Midwest. 2011 will be even better! We have an aggressive agenda for the new year, and we need your help to move our plans forward.
December 05, 2010
Richard Harnish
I just got back from a trip to China in late November. As part of my tour, I had the opportunity to ride several recently opened high-speed rail lines.

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