Quick Facts About Midwest Rail
The regional network calls for a 3,000-mile hub-and-spoke system of trains radiating out from Chicago to serve every major city within a 400-mile radius.
Two major corridors will offer 110 mph service on over 70% of their routes within 3 years (Chicago-St. Louis and Chicago-Detroit).
Travel times between major cities will fall from 30% to 50%, depending on the corridor.
The new network will increase service frequencies by 2-5 times over existing schedules, depending on the corridor.
American-made trains will operate in the Midwest — specifically, 33 quick-acceleration locomotives and 120 bi-level passenger cars to operate in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Iowa and Missouri.
By 2035, the Midwest Network will create 42,000 jobs and generate $6.1 billion in sales.
The Midwest Network is expected to attract 13.6 million passengers annually by 2025, four times more than if existing service continued unchanged.
An ELPC study found 489 companies in five industrial Midwest states are part of the “supply chain” for next generation passenger rail.
The U.S. Department of Transportation has invested over $2.5 billion to develop the Midwest Network.