TranSystems was commissioned by the Midwest High Speed Rail Association to estimate the economic and environmental benefits of a four-spoke, 220-mph Core Express (HSR) system hubbed at Chicago with routes to Minneapolis, Detroit, Cleveland, Cincinnati, St. Louis, and intermediate cities.

On behalf of its more than 1,500 member organizations, the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) is pleased topresent recommendations for the development of a federal authorizing law that creates a high-speed and intercity passengerrail investment program. This legislative proposal was approved by APTA’s Board of Directors on December 6, 2013. It is theproduct of a comprehensive effort by APTA’s High-Speed and Intercity Rail Committee, APTA’s Joint Commuter and IntercityRail Legislative Subcommittee, and APTA’s Legislative Committee. These committees represent the full spectrum of APTA’smembership, including public transportation providers, manufacturers, and related businesses, all of whom were involved inthe process. The proposal reflects the consensus views and priorities of APTA’s diverse membership and is intended to guideCongress in the development of a national investment policy for development of a comprehensive high-speed and intercitypassenger rail system.

Talgo trains boast some exciting features not seen on current Amtrak trains that will result in:

  • Faster, safer and smoother cornering, combined with better acceleration, result- ing in faster trips.
  • Reduced fuel and other operating costs.
  • Interlocking technology that improves safety.

Metra's A-2 Crossing is likely the biggest bottleneck in the Midwest passenger rail network. A new bridge to allow trains from Union Station to "flyover" trains from Ogilvie Transportation Center is needed.

Current passenger rail operations are generating new ridership and economic development. In 2005 a study prepared for the Maine Department of Transportation predicted that service improvements on the Downeaster and service extensions to additional Maine destinations would lead to increased ridership and the beginning of economic benefits for communities served by passenger rail.

ESH Consult was retained by NARP to perform a broad economic feasibility study of expanding (2-4 additional daily frequencies) East-West Intercity passenger service between NY and Chicago. The core concept is to provide attractive service to multiple city-pairs for short/medium distance travel while also offering new schedule options for longer distance passengers. The potential positive synergy is best described by the following creative graphic depicting such an end-to-end well patronized generic long- distance through train (top row) with its supporting, overlapping short-distance markets at both outer ends (bottom row). The new frequencies will open up many city-pair combinations not currently served at all at reasonable hours (e.g. Cleveland (CLE)-Chicago (CHI)), and add additional alternate departure options to those that have some reasonable existing service (e.g. Toledo (TOL)-CHI).

Four Daily Round-Trips; Faster and More Reliable Service Modern High-Performance Trains Enhanced Stations

The Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA) commissioned studies in 2011 and 2012 to better understand the potential impact of high-speed rail in the Midwest. The findings of these studies for the Chicago–Cleveland/Detroit route, detailed in this report, are meant to generate discussion and highlight some of the effects of a high-speed rail line in this corridor.

Petition for extraordinary writ of mandate, application for temporary stay, and memorandum of points and authorities stay requested by March, 1 2014.

The Republic of Korea (South Korea) launched Korea Train eXpress (KTX) in 2004, becoming the fifth nation to launch high-speed rail service. South Korea has developed its high-speed rail infrastructure in a phased, blended approach that could provide an implementation model for high-speed rail development in the Midwest. The nation’s manufacturers have made great strides in developing next generation high-speed rail technology and could be a significant resource for equipment and expertise as the Midwest progresses with its plans.

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