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March Luncheon: Illinois Rail Transportation & Infrastructure

  • Maggiano's Little Italy 516 North Clark Street Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)

Join Illinois ITE and Midwest High Speed Rail Association’s young Profession’s Board for a conversation with Richard Harnish and Ben Ravenscroft about the state of rail transportation and infrastructure in Illinois. The discussion will include information on the plans to bring high speed rail service to the region.

11:30 am - Networking
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm - Lunch & Presentation

ITE / MHSRA Member:
Private Sector: $40
Public Sector: $30

Private Sector: $50
Public Sector: $40


Registration deadline: Wednesday, March 13 at 5:00 pm

Richard Harnish
Richard Harnish is the Executive Director of the Midwest High Speed Rail Association (MHSRA), one of the nation's oldest and largest high-speed rail advocacy organizations. Harnish co-founded MHSRA in 1993 and became its first executive director in 2001. Harnish sits on the the Civic Advisory Committee for the Chicago Union Station Master Plan Study. He is a member of the Advisory Committee to the Illinois Department of Transportation's feasibility study on a 220-mph high-speed corridor from Chicago to Champaign/Urbana. He is also board member of the National Association of Railroad Passengers. His quotes and opinion pieces frequently appear in national, Midwest and Illinois media, and he regularly speaks around the country on high-speed rail and railroad infrastructure issues.

Ben Ravenscroft
Ben Ravenscroft is a member of MHSRA's Young Professional's Board, which has been established to cultivate a movement advocating for High Speed Rail among Young Professionals in the Midwest. Ben has a particular interested in developing this movement in Illinois, which will likely also be a strong beneficiary of any Midwest high speed rail network. Outside of MHSRA, he is the Global Product Manager for Walterscheid Powertrain Group, and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Engineering from the University of Cambridge, England.