A report by the Environmental Law and Policy Center (ELPC) shows "investment in the next generation of rail would increase rail manufacturing and jobs throughout the industrial Midwest."
“Manufacturers across the heartland stand ready to build a 21st century transportation system for America. By investing in high-speed rail, we can revitalize manufacturing, increase mobility, create jobs and reduce pollution,” stated the ELPC.
The study profiles manufacturers and supply chain companies in the Midwest that are ready to begin making parts and putting people to work improving existing rail systems in the U.S. This includes 122 in Ohio, 99 in Indiana, 49 in Michigan, 84 in Illinois, 73 in Wisconsin, 26 in Minnesota and seven in Iowa.
The ELPC says, that in addition to jobs and economic benefits for the region, a modernized Chicago-hubbed Midwest Network would provide passengers with fast, affordable rail service to cities across the Midwest. Travel times between major cities would fall from 30 to 50 percent.