Midwest Governors Coordinate to Seek High Speed Rail Funding

At the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit today in Chicago, an agreement was struck between eight states to work cooperatively to achieve Recovery Act funding to develop the Chicago Hub High Speed Rail Corridor - also called the Midwest corridor.

High Speed rail is not something that is only happening in California and the Northeast Corridor. The movement for high speed rail (HSR) is alive and well in the Midwest, and Environmental News Service reports that the governors of eight Midwestern States are coordinating their efforts to use Recovery Act funds towards building the Chicago Hub High Speed Rail Corridor.

Trains connected to a Chicago hub would zip along the American hinterland, at speeds traveling up to 110 mph. The network would connect cities as far as Minneapolis, Cincinnati, and Dubuque with high-speed rail transportation.

"High speed rail will help us in the challenging task of bringing new businesses, new industries and new opportunities to our region to create new jobs, not just replace those that have already been lost," said Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley.

Thanks to Michael Rodriguez

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