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Old 08-16-2009, 01:31 PM
 
Location: Milwaukee, WI
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I think the station location is going to be critical to the usefulness of the line for Milwaukeeans who will arrive in Madison without a car. Here's an article by UrbanMilwaukee.com specifically talking about the station location:

Where Should The Madison High-Speed Rail Train Station Go? | Urban Milwaukee

What do you think?
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Old 08-16-2009, 01:59 PM
 
Location: Mequon, WI
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I think their better uses for millions of dollars than for a commuter train for students that want to get back home. Lets run it straight to the twin cities without a stop in Madison.
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Old 08-16-2009, 03:18 PM
 
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I think their better uses for millions of dollars than for a commuter train for students that want to get back home. Lets run it straight to the twin cities without a stop in Madison.

Typical Madison-hating jealousy/animosity. The fact that you people always have to slide in some comment about how Madison is just a "college town" really illuminates your insecurity with how Madison is developing.

Great idea, though! Let's build a high speed rail line between Milwaukee and Minneapolis, and then just not put a stop at one of the fastest growing metro areas in the entire midwest!
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:10 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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If it doesn't get close to downtown, they better have direct shuttle buses bringing people there.
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Old 08-17-2009, 08:36 PM
 
Location: Midwest
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I'd rather just skip Milwaukee and head from Chicago through Madison and then the Twin Cities.
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Old 08-29-2009, 11:49 AM
 
Location: Glencoe, IL
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What do you think about high speed rail to Madison?
It will never come close to breaking even. Just a minuscule population density compared to the NE corridor in a place where the roads are far more convenient and unburdened. We can't even get the trains breaking even in Chicago, a city with serious traffic jams.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:04 AM
 
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We can't even get the trains breaking even in Chicago, a city with serious traffic jams.
Our system of cars and roads doesn't exactly "break even" either. In fact, it's a ridiculous outlay of capital for both public and private entities.
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Old 09-22-2009, 12:07 AM
 
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I knew Amtrak was poorly planned and managed when they bypassed Madison to put a stop in freakin' PORTAGE! I mean, are they really shocked that there aren't masses of people driving cars to Portage to catch a passenger train?!? It's just ridiculous.

In Madison they would need to revive the old train depot area on West Washington to work with existing rights-of-way. I think most of this area is privately owned now, but it is close enough to the action to work as a transit hub.
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Old 09-22-2009, 05:40 PM
 
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I have always thought the Monona Terrace Convention Center should serve as a transit hub for high speed rail and busses. I think this would be hard sicne it has not been built with that in mind, but a high speed train connecting Chicago, the Twin Cities and Madison makes sense.

I think there is very little demand for a line between Milwaukee and Madison, the numbers aren't there. The only question is, would the train that connects the Twin Cities to Chicago run through Madison (more direct) or Milwaukee (more people)? Maybe they could make an indirect swerve to Milwaukee and then back to Madison...because although it wouldn't generate a profit, they would have to design it to make the most sense for getting and sustaining passengers.
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Old 09-23-2009, 11:45 AM
 
Location: East Side Milwaukee
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If it came down to an either a Milwaukee stop or a Madison stop for high speed rail, Madison would be bypassed. With a larger population base in Milwaukee and direct access to all the medium sized cities north to Green Bay, there wouldn't even be a question.

It's a moot point though, both cities will have stops, the only question is where Madison's station will be.
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