M I D W E S T H S R

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M I D W E S T H S R

  1. 1. Federal Railroad Administration High-Speed and Intercity Passenger Rail Workshop Regional presentation Frank Busalacchi Secretary Wisconsin Department of Transportation June 1, 2009
  2. 2. HSR guidance announced April 2009
  3. 3. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative
  4. 4. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative
  5. 5. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative • Cost: $9.6 billion over 10 years • $8.2 billion for infrastructure • $1.4 billion for 64 new train sets • Need freight rail as partners • Average speeds comparable to NEC • MWRRI: a very cost effective HSR solution
  6. 6. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Creates 15,000 jobs $4.9 billion in increased property values $23 billion in user benefits Build ‘em here!
  7. 7. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Midwest states committed to initiative Letter to DOT Sec. LaHood supporting three “Phase I” corridor projects:
  8. 8. Midwest Regional Rail Initiative
  9. 9. CREATE Chicago Region Environmental and Transportation Efficiency project needs to be part of the solution. Need to clear up rail congestion that slows freight and passenger rail. Goals of reducing rail and highway congestion, promote economic development, improve air quality, and reduce noise match those of HSR
  10. 10. National Surface Transportation Policy & Revenue Study Commission ARRA funding huge step forward Still need a long-term funding mechanism NSTPRSC Passenger Rail Work Group established blueprint through 2050
  11. 11. National Surface Transportation Policy & Revenue Study Commission $8 billion a needed jump-start States already gearing up to make high- speed passenger rail a reality Ready to be a resource and partner with U.S. DOT
  12. 12. High Speed Passenger Rail A solution for the 21st Century

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