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November 07, 2019
The deal authorizes Virgin to issue $3.25 billion in tax-exempt private activity bonds, covering the majority of the $4.2 billion it needs to begin construction next year.
October 29, 2019
Are you ready for high-speed trains? Please sign our petition asking Congress to prioritize high-speed rail in the next transportation program. "We demand high-speed rail—now. We demand better passenger rail. We demand better transit options."
October 24, 2019

The High Speed Rail Alliance honored several exceptional advocates for rail and transit service at its fall meeting on Oct. 23.

HSRA’s “high-speed rail champions” were Representative Jay Hoffman and Senator Steve Stadelman of the Illinois General Assembly, along with Illinois Deputy Governor Christian Mitchell. Sen. Martin Sandoval and Gov. J.B. Pritzker were honored in absentia.

September 26, 2019
High-speed rail is big. Bigger than the Midwest. That’s why the Midwest High Speed Rail Association is now the High Speed Rail Alliance.
September 06, 2019

Can you help grow our membership base quickly?

Why?  The FAST Act, which governs federal transportation policy, expires on September 30, 2020.

High-speed rail advocates from all around the country need to get involved to ensure that the replacement includes high-speed rail.

We will be rolling out a new campaign to to get people engaged in the FAST Act shortly.  But, there is a fun way that you can help us grow right now.

We have travel mugs, posters and other goodies to encourage donations and to help members spread the word.

August 08, 2019

For those of us aching for more fast, frequent and reliable trains around the country, the State of Illinois’ upgrades to Lincoln Service trains between Chicago and St. Louis is a great project—but it’s taking longer than we’d like. Let’s take a look at what’s been accomplished, and what challenges remain.

July 31, 2019

This week, the Los Angeles Times reported on a plan forming in the California legislature to divert $5 billion in high-speed rail funds to commuter rail upgrades in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

July 29, 2019

We’re all about fast, frequent and reliable trains.

What do we mean when we say “fast?” New high-speed trains around the world continue to push that definition.

July 22, 2019

California continues to move ahead with its critical first segment of high-speed line.

Last week, the high-speed rail authority released a request for proposals for the contract to design, build and maintain the track and systems along the 119-mile initial segment in the Central Valley. This includes the track, signals, overhead electrification and station platforms.

July 16, 2019

A new study makes the business case for 220-mph high-speed rail in the Pacific Northwest. A brand-new high-speed line would be more cost-effective than other alternatives, it would cover its operating costs, and it would have a whole array of transformative benefits. It affirms that not only is high-speed rail feasible in the U.S., it’s a great idea. And, it lays out the sort of collaboration we need to bring high-speed rail to the Midwest.