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Weekly Newsletter: Demonstrations for high-speed rail

June 01, 2015

Something incredible is happening in China. In recent weeks, tens of thousands of people have taken to the streets – demanding a high-speed rail line to their city. In a country where major political activity is usually quickly stifled, the demonstrations – often head-to-head with riot police – are particularly noteworthy.

The demonstrations in Linshui are exceptional because of their size, but China has seen petitions and public support for more high-speed lines across the country. Elsewhere in the world – in democratic countries like Japan and France – new lines have been built to under populated areas because for political reasons. Once people have seen their neighbors prosper from high-speed rail, they’ve fought to have it themselves.

These pictures sharply contrast with the stubborn opposition to high-speed rail projects in America. While significant progress has been made in recent years, high-speed rail – despite it’s proven track record - still isn’t an issue that brings people to the streets, or costs politicians their jobs.

That will change soon. California is under construction, and there hasbeen major progress in Texas, Minnesota and Illinois. There is a real
precedent for public support swinging overnight in favor of high-speed rail once it becomes tangible. That’s why we need to just build it.

All the best,

Julius Parod
Manager of Communications


The Illinois State Senate passed a resolution urging IDOT and Governor Rauner to immediately have their existing consultants prepare an
investment grade ridership analysis for a high-speed rail project, as well as urging Congress to appropriate at least $2.5 billion per year for high-speed rail. See the full resolution here.

The CTA and the City of Chicago have begun a survey on how people reach O'Hare Airport. This would be the first step for a Downtown-O'Hare express train. Read more here.

Last Week at MHSRA:

MHSRA Executive Director Rick Harnish gave a presentation on CrossRail Chicago at the Harvey Chamber of Commerce to stakeholders from across Chicago's South Side.

Articles We Enjoyed:

Public transportation can be a ride out of poverty
“Access is the ticket. People from neighborhoods that lack reliable transportation are stuck and can’t find opportunity.”

Nevada Legislature Approves High-Speed Rail From SoCal to Vegas
"The bill passed both houses of the Nevada legislature with only one nay vote."

Weekend express trains starting on Rock Island Lines
"...12 express trains will be added — six inbound and six outbound — that will bypass the line's Beverly branch stops, saving riders south of
Blue Island almost 20 minutes per trip, according to Metra."

From parties to presents, commuters to Chicago make the most of their ride.
Regulars enjoy commuting on Amtrak's Hiawatha service.

All Aboard Florida forecasts 5.3 million riders by 2020
The 3-hour route will seen 16 roundtrips per day.

The “fundamental rule” of traffic: building new roads just make people drive more.
New highway lanes are often built to reduce congestion. They rarely never do.

Upcoming Events:

P3 Infrastructure Summit 2015 In New York City - October 14-15, 2015

Julius Parod
Midwest High Speed Rail Association
4765 N. Lincoln Ave.
Chicago, IL 60625
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