Organized in 1993, The Midwest High Speed Rail Association is one of the nation’s leading advocacy organizations for high speed rail. Its mission is to educate the public and increase demand for rail service in the Midwest. The Association works with government officials and the railroad industry, as well as partners with other advocacy groups. Its efforts and research have contributed to the modernization of existing rail lines, construction of new rail lines, and protection of existing local transit options.
Shira Orlowek, Operations Manager for the Midwest High Speed Rail Association, will present “Transforming Columbus by Transforming Travel” at DesignColumbus 2015. The presentation will take a look at Columbus’ vitality as a city through the development of train travel and will explore connecting Columbus to the rest of the Midwest, increasing travel options in Ohio and making High-Speed Rail become a reality.
This year’s keynote speaker, Doug Kridler, is sponsored by The Columbus Foundation’s Green Funds.