We’re doing handsprings at the ELPC office! The breakthrough $9.3 billion of high-speed rail development funding in the economic stimulus legislation results from the Environmental Law & Policy Center spending years building the coalitions, making the policy, economic and environmental case, and briefing and gaining support from then-Congressional candidate Rahm Emanuel, then-Congressman Dick Durbin and then-Senator and then-Presidential candidate Barack Obama. The long-delayed vision of modern, fast, comfortable and convenient higher-speed rail passenger service linking Midwest cities and structural transportation reform for the nation is now moving forward.
On April 23, 2009, ELPC held a webinar briefing on new developments and funding affecting the Midwest High-Speed Rail Network
Please take a look at the attached ELPC press release, and a recent Politico.com story that underscores how President Obama and Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel drove forward this new federal high-speed rail development program at the Conference Committee stage of the economic stimulus legislation. ELPC’s investment of time with them over the years has paid off wonderfully for the public and for transportation innovation for the Midwest and the nation.
View ELPC’s map of the proposed Midwest High-Speed Rail Network.