Civic and Community Supporters

We are in the process of gathering formal resolutions and letters of support for high-speed and intercity passenger rail from local, state, and congressional leaders as well as key community and business leaders around the country. Help us grow the list of supporters.  Click here to learn how.

Sample Letter of Support

Sample Resolution

High-Speed Rail Statement of Support

Public officials, community leaders, and organizations around the Midwest recently signed on to a Statement of Support for high-speed rail. See a copy of the statement here: (High-Speed Rail Statement of Support Signers). The names of those who signed the statement of support are below:

  • National
  • Reconnecting America
  • Transportation for America
  • America 2050
  • Sierra Club
  • National Association of Railroad Passengers
  • Illinois
  • U.S. Senator Mark Kirk
  • U.S. Congressman Mike Quigley, 5th District of IL
  • U.S. Congressman Jerry Costello, 12th District of IL
  • State Senator Michael Frerichs, 52nd Senate District
  • State Senator Anazette Collins, 10th Senate District
  • State Senator John Milner, 28th Senate District
  • State Representative Barbara Flynn Currie, 25th House District (IL House Majority Leader)
  • State Representative Greg Harris, 13th House District
  • State Representative Dave Winters, 68th House District
  • State Representative Mike Bost, 115th House District
  • State Representative Fred Crespo, 44th House District
  • State Representative Will Davis, 30th House District
  • State Representative Robyn Gabel, 18th House District
  • State Representative Sara Feigenholtz, 12th House District
  • St. Clair County Chairman Mark Kern
  • Champaign County Board Chairman Pius Weibel
  • Champaign County Deputy Chairman Michael Richards
  • Macon, IL County Board
  • Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle
  • Cook County Commissioner John Fritchey, 12th District (former State Representative)
  • Cook County Commissioner Joan Murphy, 6th District
  • Cook County Commissioner Peter Silvestri, 9th District
  • Cook County Commissioner Larry Suffredin, 13th District
  • Chicago City Alderman Proco "Joe" Moreno, 1st Ward
  • Chicago City Alderman Joseph A. Moore, 49th Ward
  • Chicago City Alderman Scott Waguespack, 32nd Ward
  • Chicago City Alderman Leslie Hairston, 5th Ward
  • Mayor Alan Larson, Village of Schaumburg, IL
  • Mayor Mick Wisslead, City of Macomb, IL
  • Midwest High Speed Rail Association
  • Illinois PIRG
  • Congress for New Urbanism
  • Leadership Council Southwestern Illinois
  • Chicago & Cook County Building Trades Council
  • East Central IL Building & Construction Trades Council
  • Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry
  • Indiana
  • U.S. Congresman Andre` Carson, 7th District of IN
  • Northeast Indiana Passenger Rail Association
  • Iowa
  • 1,000 Friends of Iowa
  • Michigan
  • Michigan Association or Rail Passengers (MARP)
  • Michigan Suburbs Alliance
  • Michigan Environmental Council
  • Transportation Riders United, Detroit
  • Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) in Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • City of Rochester, MN
  • Olmsted County MN
  • Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce
  • Mayo Clinic
  • Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance
  • Missouri
  • U.S. Congressman William Lacy Clay, 1st District of MO
  • State Representative Tishaura O. Jones, 63rd District
  • St. Louis Regional Chamber and Growth Association
  • Frank Steeves, Emerson Electric Co. & MIPRC Commissioner
  • Ohio
  • All Aboard Ohio!
  • Wisconsin
  • State Representative Brett Hulsey, 77th District
  • Former Mayor Dave Cieslewicz, Madison, WI
  • Milwaukee Alderman Robert Bauman, 4th District
  • NEW Rails - Green Bay, WI
  • Wisconsin PIRG

(Click the names below to see copies of the Resolutions and Letters of Support)

Letters/Statements of Support

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill (Missouri)

U.S. Congressman David Price (North Carolina)

U.S. Congressman John Conyers, Jr. (Michigan)

U.S. Congressman John Olver (Massachusetts) - Ranking Member of the Approriations Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and Related Agencies

North Carolina Congressional Delegation

North Carolina State Senate

North Carolina Department of Transportation

City of Pittsburgh, PA

City of Rochester, MN

Olmsted County, MN (Rochester)

Southeast Minnesota Rail Alliance

Rochester Area Chamber of Commerce (MN)

Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)

Southeastern Economic Alliance

Southern Environmental Law Center


Cook County, IL (Chicago)

Champaign County, IL

Macon County, IL (Decatur)

Wayne County, MI (Detroit)

Lucas County, OH (Toledo)

City of Toledo, OH

City of Rochester, MN

City of Martinsburg, WV

North Carolina Resolutions of Support (124 North Carolina entities have approved resolutions in support of enhanced passenger rail service.)

North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Department of Transportation

Drake University, Student Senate

U.S. Representatives Stand Up for Trains

U.S. Representatives speak out in favor of high-speed and intercity passenger rail funding.

Watch the statements by Rep. Tim Ryan of Ohio and Rep. Hansen Clarke of Michigan below or go here to watch them all!!

Dear Colleague Congressional Letters of Support

July 2011 Congressional Letter - July 2011 Letter from 20 Senate members to Senate Appropriators requesting $2.2 Billion in the FY12 budget for Amtrak's intercity passenger rail service.

May 2011 Congressional Letter - May 2011 Letter from 62 House members to the Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation and Housing & Urban Development requesting $2.5 Billion for the high-speed and intercity passenger rail program in the FY12 budget.

April 2011 Congressional Letter - April 2011 Letter from 63 House Members and 19 Senators to the Appropriations Committtee leadership urging them to maintain funding for high-speed and intercity passenger rail for FY11 and to maintain FY10 and ARRA for already awarded TIGER and high-speed rail projects.

April 2010 Congressional Letter - April 2010 Letter to President Obama from 105 House and Senate Members emphasizing the importance of a dedicated revenue source for planning and development of high-speed rail.