Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Phase 7
Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin
Quandel Consultants provided program management services, including engineering planning, alternatives analysis, environmental studies, and implementation strategies to the Midwest Regional Rail Initiative (MWRRI). The MWRRI is an on-going effort to develop an improved and expanded passenger rail system in the Midwest. The sponsors of the MWRRI are the transportation agencies of eight Midwest states – Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin. The Midwest Regional Rail System (MWRRS) would use existing rights-of-way shared with existing freight and commuter services and would connect the Midwestern states and their growing populations and business centers.
The MWRRS would encompass a rail network of more than 3,000 route miles and serve nine states with a combined population of 60 million people. About 80 percent of the region’s population lives within an hour drive of either an MWRRS rail station or a feeder bus station.