Regional Map: Midwest Region
The Midwest Corridor is home to the world’s seventh largest economy (Ohio) and acts as a major hub for the movement of culture, capital and people. As the nation’s third largest city and perfectly positioned in the middle of the country,Chicago has historically been the main freight rail hub of North America, acting as a continental crossroads for all major railroads, major waterways, and most major expressways. The Midwest Corridor hub is an essential connection for the American supply chain and acts as a central link to all other major freight corridors. The Midwest Corridor connects the Great Northern Corridor to the Northeast and Southeast of the country and compliments the flow of goods from California ports to Ohio via the Southwest Corridor (also known as the Santa Fe Corridor) for transport to consumers on the East coast along this critical freight artery.
With the population of the Midwest region predicted to increase by 30% over the next three decades and freight transit projections ever increasing in this region, providing more efficient transportation options in this corridor is increasingly important and essential for the flow of freight across the country.
The emerging Midwest, or “MN-Chicago Hub,” Corridor consists of a 3,000-mile rail and road system radiating out of Minneapolis and Chicago to serve every major city within a 400-miles. With rail track improvements, an efficient and improving road network, advanced signaling equipment, and safer rail-grade crossings, this corridor will become a modernized, higher-speed network serving 27 million people, including seven metro regions consisting of at least 1.5 million people each.