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Amtrak's Blue Ribbon Panel Report

October 08, 2015

Amtrak’s Chicago Gateway Blue Ribbon Panel released their findings on October 1st.  For the past year they have been working on ways to address train congestion throughout the Chicago area.

The report highlights 3 pieces of the puzzle to solve this issue. They are breaking new ground by recommending railroad dispatchers be consolidated to improve coordination. The other two pieces include prioritizing the CREATE 75th Street Corridor and Grand Crossing Projects, which are both critical bottlenecks for freight trains.

We appreciate the leadership Amtrak has shown in the effort to relieve congestion throughout Chicago’s railroad network.

If you would like to learn more about the report you can check out some of the great videos on their site here.

Best,

Dylan Hayward

Manager of Communications


Last Week at MHSRA:

We attended the presentation on Chicago rail congestion by Amtrak's Blue Ribbon Panel. Our Executive Director Rick Harnish attended Railway Interchange in Minneapolis where he learned about the latest technologies and trends in the rail industry.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Blue Ribbon Panel: How to Unclog Chicago
"A Blue Ribbon Panel convened by Amtrak is recommending co-located train dispatchers, improved operating practices, and capital improvement projects to help relieve rail gridlock in and around Chicago"

Amtrak to Start Late Night Hiawatha Service
“ Amtrak has announced that it will offer late night Saturday service between Chicago and Milwaukee between Oct. 3 and Jan. 2”

New High-Speed Rail Route may serve Arlington, DFW Airport
“A proposed high-speed rail route cutting through Dallas-Fort Worth would go slower that previously planned but would include a station south of DFW Airport, according to a newly unveiled plan.”

PTC deadline extension legislation introduced
“The proposed Positive Train Control Enforcement & Implementation Act would extend the deadline for full implementation to December 31 2018, and provide the Secretary of the Department of Transportation with the authority to issue further extensions”

Nevada High-Speed Rail Authority sets framework for choosing operator
“The newly appointed five-member board zipped through its agenda in 25 minutes Tuesday, appointing a chairman and establishing a process to select a franchise to build a steel-wheels-on-rails train system connecting Southern Nevada with Southern California along the Interstate 15 corridor.”

Upcoming Events:

Join us for lunch with keynote speaker and transportation leader Kathy Haley at Maggianos in Chicago, IL on November 13th. Click here to learn more and sign-up.

This Fall MHSRA staff will be attending NARP's Fall Conference in lieu of our Annual Fall Meeting. We encourage our members to attend this meeting to learn more about passenger rail. On Saturday night MHSRA staff will be be having dinner after the meeting adjourns and would welcome MHSRA members to join us, we are making arrangements and are expecting a fee but do not know what it will be yet. Please RSVP here if you would like to join us for dinner.

Meeting Details:

NARP Fall 2015 Council Membership Meeting in Indianapolis, IN October 17-18.
Optional Tour of Amtrak's Beech Grove facility October 16
Learn more here.

Dylan Hayward
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
773-334-6758

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