High-speed rail advocates meet to consider Chicago-to-Indianapolis route

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The high-speed-rail faithful are a tenacious bunch, all right.

Despite Indiana’s being rejected early this year for federal funding for a Chicago-to-Cleveland high-speed-rail route, supporters will gather once again to ponder the possibility of an Indianapolis-to-Chicago route.

The “Bringing High Speed Rail to Central Indiana” conference will be held Dec. 3, starting at 8 a.m., at IUPUI’s Campus Center, 420 University Blvd.

The conference, including lunch, costs $25 per person. Registration is at the Hoosier Environmental Council’s website, www.hecweb.org.

Indiana has received at least some good news concerning high-speed rail. Last January, the U.S. Department of Transportation awarded the state $71.4 million for its part of a planned high-speed-rail project that would run from Chicago to suburban Detroit.

The Indiana Department of Transportation never applied for funding of a Chicago-Indianapolis-Cincinnati route, saying federal criteria favored routes furthest along in planning and that could be completed more quickly.

The Indianapolis conference is sponsored by the HEC, the Indiana High Speed Rail Association and the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy at IUPUI.

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