Constructing a Midwestern passenger high-speed rail system would create more than 57,000 permanent jobs in the Midwest and support 15,200 jobs during the 10 years that the system would be under construction.

That’s the findings of a study released yesterday by WISPIRG(Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group), a public interest advocacy group that supports high-speed rail. The study examines the benefits of a high-speed rail system in eight states: Missouri, Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, Indiana and Ohio.

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