The Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC) brings together state leaders from across the region to advocate for passenger rail improvements. Formed by compact agreement in 2000, the MIPRC’s current members are Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio and Wisconsin.The main purposes of the compact are to promote, coordinate and support regional improvements to passenger rail service:
- Promote both current improvements and long-range plans for intercity passenger rail service in the Midwest.
- Coordinate interaction among Midwestern state officials, and between the public and private sector at all levels (federal, state and local).
- Support current state efforts being conducted through state DOTs.
These segments being canceled really throws a wrench in regional and national plans for an interconnected network of trains. What if some states had decided to opt out of the interstate highway system?