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The combo alternate is the only one that makes sense.  First, it terminates at Union Station, which is simply a must.  Second, Naperville or Joliet?  I think that's a no-brainer.  Third, it serves the population core.  The problem Amtrak has always had across Iowa is that it misses the Quad Cities, Iowa City, and Des Moines.  Cedar Rapids wouldn't exactly be left out given that it's a whole 20 miles of freeway from downtown to I-80.  As for Branstad, any sensible plan has to be designed to work around him.  His Napoleonic return has consisted of nothing but pandering to that Boer Vander Plotz and the rest of the Talibagger wing of God's Own Party (<clever European reference>Why are The Netherlands so cool?  They shipped all the jerks to South Africa and the US.</clever European reference>
by rifek on Thu May 10th, 2012 at 03:14:01 PM EST

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