Ohio manufacturers would benefit most from building Midwest high-speed rail

There are 122 rail industry suppliers in Ohio that can build a Midwest rail system -- that's more suppliers than in any other Midwest state, according to a new report.

A new report released by the Environmental Law & Policy Center shows investment in the next generation of rail would increase rail manufacturing and jobs throughout the industrial Midwest.

It also shows that Ohio manufacturers would benefit the most in the Midwest from building such a rail system. For regions wanting to have rail service, federal law puts the onus on states to sponsor the development of high-performance trains, stations and infrastructure.

Unfortunately, the latest proposed budget for the Ohio Department of Transportation budget shows that no such sponsorship is due in the next two years. Ask your state legislators in the Ohio House and Ohio Senate to rectify this oversight.

“So Ohioans will build ’em, we just can’t ride ’em,” said All Aboard Ohio Executive Director Ken Prendergast, “unless we go to stations in Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin or Missouri.”

“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,” said ELPC Deputy Director Kevin Brubaker.

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 US. This includes 122 in Ohio, 99 in Indiana, 49 in Michigan, 84 in Illinois, 73 in Wisconsin, 26 in Minnesota and 7 in Iowa.

The complete report is online at and can be accessed here: http://elpc.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/HSR-Supply-Chain-Report-ELPC1.pdf

Manufacturers in the Midwest and beyond are ready and waiting to produce the components and materials needed to usher in America’s next generation of rail, and long-term federal and state government investment is the catalyst for a manufacturing renaissance in the industrial Midwest.

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 will fall from 30 to 50 percent.

Kevin Brubaker
Deputy Director
Environmental Law & Policy Center
35 E Wacker Drive, Suite 1600
Chicago, IL 60601
(312) 673-6500

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