New High-Speed Segment in Italy

Testing has begun on a new high-speed segment in Italy between Treviglio and Brescia. The 39.6 kilometer segment is located just east of Milan and is due to open in December with an operating speed over 300 km/h.

The new high-speed segment adds up to four tracks between Brescia and Treviglio, doubling the current capacity. This section of track is part of the Milan to Venice corridor, which also connects Italy to Austria, Hungary and other parts of Eastern Europe. This provides a critical service by connecting passengers from origins east of Milan to the main high-speed trunk stretching from Milan to Napoli and Torino.

Italy has invested heavily in a fast, frequent and reliable high-speed rail network and continues to build on it. The Italian Railways established high-speed rail by using the Network Approach.

The Network Approach turns individual projects into a series of building blocks towards a long-term vision. This approach has worked well in other countries around the world and is the ideal method for establishing high-speed rail in the Midwest.

If you are interested in learning more about this approach please join us at our 2016 Annual Fall Luncheon. Marco Stegher, Americas Area Manager, Italfer S.p.A. will detail how his company used this approach to establish high-speed rail in Italy and explain how it can be used in the Midwest.


Dylan Hayward
Program Manager

Articles We Enjoyed:

Testing Begins on Treviglio – Brescia High-Speed Line
“Testing has started on the Treviglio – Brescia high speed line using a Frecciarossa 1000 trainset running at 330 km/h. An operating speed of 300 km/h is envisaged when revenue service begins in December.”

The South Side’s Missing L Line
“Bringing back frequent service is restoring past glory, not doing something new—and that’s what I think the political messaging should be. Metra Electric is special, and it doesn’t fit into the paradigm that RTA and Metra have tried to fit it into for the last 35 years.”

House Committee Debates Additional Train Service Between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg
“Representatives of the state House Transportation Committee tried to get on board with transportation advocates Tuesday, as they took testimony regarding additional passenger train service between Pittsburgh and Harrisburg.”

Amtrak Names New CEO
“Amtrak is naming Norfolk Southern Corp. veteran Charles “Wick” Moorman as its next chief executive as the national passenger railroad confronts big projects amid growing demand. ”

Kansas City Union Station Unveils Plans to Renovate its Streetcar, Bus, Amtrak Stop
“Union Station has unveiled plans to transform its outdoor East Public Transit area, which provides access to the downtown streetcar, RideKC buses and Amtrak.”

Upcoming Events:

2016 MHSRA Annual Fall Luncheon

Keynote Speaker: Marco Stegher, Americas Area Manager, Italferr S.p.A.

When:      Friday, September 16, Noon-1:30 PM (Check-in begins at 11:30 AM)

Where:     Maggiano’s Little Italy, 516 N Clark St, Chicago, IL 60654

Cost:         Regular Ticket: $55     Student Ticket: $20

Register Here

Dylan Hayward
Program Manager
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625

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