Guest Commentator: John Fry, President, Drexel University, @drexeluniv

How will the development of High-Speed Passenger Rail Connections accelerate Philadelphia’s progress as a global city and in what ways will this infrastructure attract and retain the workforce of tomorrow? 

Top-tier global cities have world-class transportation networks. The digital economy has made it easier for companies to choose where to locate. As competition for companies and capital heats up, cities with the most up to date transportation networks will be best positioned to compete.

That is why the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia’s CEO Council for Growth has made transportation a top priority for the region. The CEO Council for Growth identified nine transportation projects that are achievable over the next two decades and would have the biggest impact in attracting, retaining and growing new and existing businesses.

The projects include: creation of a Market-West high-capacity transit station; expansion of the Market-Frankford Line; and extension of the Norristown High Speed Line. But one project in particular could dramatically boost economic activity for the Philadelphia region: Increasing high-speed intercity rail connections at 30th Street Station to other points along