Joe Doakes from Como Park emails:
The advocates of high-speed rail to Chicago have changed their minds; they now want another low-speed train for a total of two per day.
Conspicuously left unasked: where are the photos of the throngs of people left standing on the train platforms because there’s no room on the existing train? Is there actually a demand for a second train? Is St. Paul-to-Chicago passenger demand unmet by the MegaBus, or airline? If so, shouldn’t we know how many people we’re talking about, to gauge whether it’s worth spending a pile of money providing the service?
It seems odd to me that Amtrak would be intentionally leaving customers stranded rather than add another passenger car to the train. That suggests there are no customers, only lobbyists.
Like the ones who convinced St. Paul and Ramsey County to spend a fortune remodeling the downtown train station, for its once-a-day train visit. Beautiful, but desolate, a waste of taxpayer dollars.
Minnesota Progressives – not solving non-problems for 100 years.