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The 70's and 80's were hard decades to get rail funding. In another couple of years, there's going to be the 4hr service between Chicago and St. Louis, which is going to start generating a "why can't we have that" dynamic.

A big question mark is what quality of service do they need to pencil out as break even or better. That was the political weakness of the Triple-C "Quickstart" plan in Ohio, that the first stage was not competitive with driving, and so would have required operating subsidies. The Rock Island alignment through Iowa, though, is as good as the Beria (outskirts of Cleveland) / Columbus alignment, and better than the Columbus / Cincinnati alignment, and if a 90mph corridor between the Quad Cities and Omaha and a 110mph corridor between the Quad Cities and Chicago seems to be adequate for not requiring ongoing subsidies, there'd be a lot of local Chamber of Commerce support for that service.


I've been accused of being a Marxist, yet while Harpo's my favourite, it's Groucho I'm always quoting. Odd, that.

by BruceMcF (agila61 at netscape dot net) on Thu May 10th, 2012 at 05:16:45 PM EST
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