Governors Talk High-Speed Rail in Chicago

July 26, 2009

Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn is the host of what he's calling the Midwest High Speed Rail Summit.

The goal is for states to coordinate plans in hopes of winning a share of $8 billion in federal stimulus money set aside for high-speed trains.

Rich Harnish is the executive director of the Midwest High-Speed Rail Association, an advocacy group.

He says Illinois and Wisconsin are especially well-positioned to win federal money.

HARNISH: The Federal Railroad Administration has said that they criteria they're looking for is public support; plans that are ready to go, which the two states have; and multi-state cooperation certainly helps.

A spokeswoman for Quinn says the Midwest governors may finally pick leaders to head up the region's high-speed rail efforts. 

That's something U.S. Transportation Sec.Ray LaHood has been recommending.