Zorn appointed to Midwest passenger rail commission

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn has been appointed by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to serve as the as the Senate’s alternate designee to the Midwest Interstate Passenger Rail Commission (MIPRC).

“Railroads are becoming increasingly popular as businesses look for more efficient ways to transport products and materials and tourists and commuters look for alternatives to driving or flying,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “I am happy to serve on this bipartisan commission to work with our neighboring states and the federal government to improve our passenger rail system. My goal is to work with both the public and private sectors to help provide families with cleaner, safer, more affordable and more efficient rail service.”

The MIPRC brings together state leaders from across the region on a bipartisan basis to advocate for passenger rail improvements. The commission meets at least once a year. Its 2020 meeting was held virtually, but the MIPRC plans to hold its 2021 annual meeting in-person in Detroit in October.

Formed by compact agreement in 2000, MIPRC’s current member states are Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota and Wisconsin.

The main purposes of the compact are to promote current improvements and long-range plans for intercity passenger rail service in the Midwest, coordinate interaction among state officials and between the public and private sector at all levels, and support state efforts in developing and implementing a 21st century passenger rail system.