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Holiday Travel

December 23, 2015

It’s the holiday season and people are traveling to see their loved ones. Like us, you know there is no better way to travel than riding the train.

You can enjoy a comfortable trip without the hassle of airport security or highway traffic and make it home in time for the holidays! In recent years train travel has become even more popular and Amtrak has had to increase trips during the holidays to meet the demand. Studies have shown less people are driving and more rely on public transportation options for their inter and intra city travel needs.

We hope you are safe this holiday season and get to ride a train or two to see family and friends across the Midwest and beyond.

Happy Holidays from the MHSRA staff!

Shira Orlowek
Operations Manager

Last Week at MHSRA:

We have been gearing up for 2016! If you would like to contribute to our efforts click here.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Rail group seeks preliminary study
"A private company seeking to build an elevated high-speed rail line from Rochester to the Twin Cities has withdrawn a request for exclusive air rights above state highways and is instead seeking a permit to allow for preliminary study of the rail line."

Spain opens Olmedo - Zamora high-speed line
"RENFE started commercial service in the Olmedo - Zamora section of the Madrid - Galicia high - speed line on December 17 with a single return service which will cut travel time for the 232km Madrid - Zamora trip by 22 minutes to 1h 33min."

For expanding passenger rail in Pa., there's high demand but no high-speed options
"Pennsylvanians wants more train routes, and more frequent trains on existing routes.

New MnDOT plan would slash cost of Mpls.-Duluth high-speed rail
"Advocates of a proposed high-speed rail line between Duluth and Minneapolis say the cost to build the project has been cut nearly in half."

Upcoming Events:

Japan High-Speed Rail Tour

We are planning the tour for October of 2016. This trip will give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the rich history of train travel the country offers. We are creating an itinerary that includes riding the first high-speed rail line, visiting at least one railroad museum and meetings with experts in the field. We have already begun making contacts to arrange technical visits and train tours. Once we have received 10 fully-refundable deposits we will finalize the details of the trip.

Please click here if you would like to learn more or are interested in joining the trip.

Please click here if you are ready to make a $500 fully-refundable deposit for the trip.

Shira Orlowek
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625