Midwest Regional Rail Initiative

Project Name

Midwest Regional Rail Initiative Phase 7


Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, and Wisconsin

Project Description

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.