West Midlands transport chiefs have demanded the Government hand over responsibility for running rail services in the regions.
The leaders of 14 councils want the right to award rail franchises, including the London Midland contract once the current deal ends in 2017, decide on investment priorities, set punctuality targets and fares and manage rail stations.
This latest bid for responsibility to be handed down from government comes amid greater demands for devolution to the regions in the wake of the Scottish independence referendum.
It would create a West Midlands Rail organisation with powers similar to Transport For London which is led by Mayor Boris Johnson.
The West Midlands Rail consortium is made up of Birmingham, Coventry, Dudley, Herefordshire, Northamptonshire, Sandwell, Shropshire, Solihull, Staffordshire, Telford and Wrekin, Walsall, Warwickshire, Wolverhampton and Worcestershire councils.
The detailed proposal has been sent to Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin.
Chairman of West Midlands Rail, Wolverhampton council leader Roger Lawrence said: "This is a major step towards securing local management and ultimately delivering better rail services focused on the real needs of West Midlands passengers.
"The local rail network has a key role to play in supporting the region's economy and holding more responsibility here in the West Midlands will help make sure that new investment is best targeted to create growth and jobs."
Mark Winnington, Staffordshire County Council cabinet member for transport, added: "We believe that a local partnership better understands what local people and the economy need from its railway.
"Local responsibility would be good for passengers and good for business, enabling people to reach the shopping, commercial and tourist centres in our towns and cities.
"We believe it would be more accountable and responsive and better value for taxpayers."
Transferring more responsibility for the franchise from the Department for Transport would enable the West Midlands to use its local knowledge to lay down minimum standards of service, including punctuality and reliability and have the power to hold the train operator to account.
Devolution could also provide an opportunity to set fares locally, offering fairer pricing for passengers, while locally managed stations could mean improved passenger information, better security and staffing and upgraded facilities such as more cycle parking.
The move could also mean more frequent trains and better integration with bus and tram services while easing the way for a network-wide smartcard which can be used on all modes of public transport.
Only two areas of the UK presently have locally managed rail networks - Merseyside and London.
Both have been highly successful in terms of passenger satisfaction, passenger growth and punctuality.