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Old 02-27-2013, 07:36 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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I will posting a similar thread in other states in the Midwest. Apparantly, from what I have heard, several Midwestern states are to receive high-speed rail: Among them are Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and I'm not sure about the Dakotas. What do people here in Iowa say about the high speed rails...I believe it should give you all direct connections to Omaha, Kansas City, Minneapolis, and Chicago. So do you think this is a step up in the right direction, or do you think it won't make any difference in the cost of travel?
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:36 PM
 
Location: On the Rails in Northern NJ
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Sadly the Midwest is getting a watered down version of what they had originally planned....which was speeds up to 220mph or greater....so your stuck with a semi fast 110mph , which is ok for the feeder and secondary lines but for the Main lines between the hub cities you want 220mph+. The Core Network cost was about 84 billion which would have been split between State/Feds and Private..... Which about the same cost as the South Asia or Middle Eastern Networks.... I think it would forever transform the Midwest , make things easier to travel at least between large cities and smaller cities , and town to town. Also I see a boost in Tourist to every state... To make an Impact you run the High Speed Network like below and the Feeder system every 1-2 hrs bi-directional otherwise people won't ride it , along make pricing affordable for the younger generation , Families and Elderly which is a great way to attract and keep high ridership.

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Old 02-28-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I would love love LOVE to have high speed rail connections to Chicago, Kansas City, and Minneapolis. Seems like the only possibility with any traction right now is an Omaha-Chicago line with stops in Des Moines, Iowa City, and Davenport, and that would still be pretty far off.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: around the way
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A 3 hour trip from Des Moines to Chicago (assuming the 110 mph quoted above) that doesn't involve dealing with an airline? Sign me up.
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Old 02-28-2013, 04:33 PM
 
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I can't count the number of times I've driven between Chicago and the QCA.

Every few yrs they make it sound a new Amtrak line it's going to happen and it never does.
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Old 03-01-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, Iowa
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I definately like the idea, it is the cost that has me wondering if it is viable. (speaking specifically of the Chicago <-> Des Moines <-> Omaha option where I believe the state of Iowa would be required to finance a good portion). From my understanding, the line is a good from Chicago to the Quad Cities?
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Old 03-04-2013, 09:15 PM
 
Location: Jefferson City 4 days a week, St. Louis 3 days a week
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All I know is, I hope Midwest high speed rail comes soon. Kansas City-Jeff City-St. Louis-Chicago could really use it. And if there's sufficient demand, St. Louis to Indianapolis and maybe also St. Louis to Louisville. I think that Interstates 29, 35, 44, 55, 57, 64, 65, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 77, 80, 88, 90, and 94 should all be paralleled by a high speed rail train.
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Old 03-05-2013, 09:50 AM
 
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All this high-speed rail sounds like a great idea, but the cost to implement trains that could compete with planes for travel time would be astronomical in the midwest. The resulting ticket fees would make none of us use them.
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Old 03-05-2013, 11:57 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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I think that Interstates 29, 35, 44, 55, 57, 64, 65, 70, 71, 74, 75, 76, 77, 80, 88, 90, and 94 should all be paralleled by a high speed rail train.
Yes please.
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Old 03-05-2013, 12:56 PM
 
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This topic is like a virtual back massage if one ever existed.
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