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Old 07-29-2009, 11:27 AM
Location: South Coast of Nebraska
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I still long for efficient train service. I understand: our sparse pop. can't buy enough tickets to pay for it and we, presently, can't do more govt subsidy. But, I took Eur Rail around Europe and the bullet train in Asia. I use the train to get to Denver, in the middle of the night, as it is, and home, again. Used to go back to UNL, that way, in the early - mid 60's. It was the way we traveled.

So-o, what if---I could board at the hour the schedule states and Go to Denver in one hour less than it takes to drive....what if--Amtrak was on time....what if--the cost was reasonable...what if----

Could a 'think tank' figure out how to do this? Then, I/we could live here, on the lake, and some of us could work or others just commiserate in Lincoln, Omaha, Denver.........Wouldn't we all gain??????????
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Old 07-30-2009, 09:58 PM
Location: South Dakota
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The high speed rail would be nice. I would consider taking it to Denver due to having family and friends in that area and not have to put the wear and tear on the car. I would love to have a route similar to what you are talking about in addition to a high speed line that would go from Winnepeg to KC, stopping in Grand Forks, Fargo, Watertown, Brookings, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Omaha, St. Joseph, and KC and one can switch trains in Omaha and head to either Chicago or Denver with a few stops but ride high speed for time and convenience.
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:28 PM
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It is a nice idea, but not too practical without some MAJOR government subsidy. Not sure how that would go over...

Plus, I've always been disappointed with the public transport options when you GET to the city. Denver is better than Omaha, but there are still places "you can't get to from here."
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Old 07-30-2009, 10:57 PM
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Depends how much it would cost....A plane ticket from Denver to Omaha is usually pretty cheap.
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Old 07-30-2009, 11:10 PM
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i dont see much hope for a high speed rail network similar to europe or asia. i remember my mom saying she thought after ww2 that the trains would get better and the routes be enhanced, instead the passenger trains slowly faded. i remember as a kid in the 60's taking an overniter from chicago to sioux city. it was real exciting for a small boy, well it would still excite me. ive always loved trains.

i wonder what kind of investment it would take for say special tracks/safety features to accomodate the higher speeds, upgrading engines etc.,and what type of numbers they would expect to generate in their plan for chicago to st.paul run. with pples desire to hurry up and get there, in both business and personal travel, i cant see a high speed rail network really taking off. if ya think about the train trips across canada, the draw is a relaxing and scenic journey. past a novel experience, i cant see it ever being competetive with the airlines. they would also have to have similar security measures in place, meaning extra time for passengers, and extra money for staff. i doubt it would be a real cheap ride either. omaha to denver via high speed train, id say dont hold your breath.

what if...government wasnt full of waste and politicians meant what they said. thats a big little word...IF.
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