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  •  Living in South Bend we've seen (1+ / 0-)
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    Larsstephens

    The South Shore line which runs from here to Chicago totally decimated for funding. As a result what used to cost next to nothing to take a train into down town Chicago has not gotten actually more expensive than driving in.

    It now costs pretty equal to drive in, park than it used to riding the train in and taking the El or corresponding bus. Which honestly makes no damn sense.

    I think if we are to have any sort of HSR in this nation it is almost going to be a requirement that new steel will have to be placed down. There is no way it can utilize any sort of the old freight lines without detrimentally affecting either the HSR portion or the freight portion.

    Hell I have a friend who works at the freight junction locally here in Elkhart IN and he says that much of the old freight lines already operate well over capacity.

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    by idbecrazyif on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 05:43:33 AM PDT

    •  Are You Including (3+ / 0-)
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      the cost of parking for a day in Chicago?

      It's tough to find a parking garage for less than $20 per day. street parking is a joke, more or less impossible.

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      by Superpole on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 05:54:57 AM PDT

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    •  But once per day passenger trains ... (2+ / 0-)
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      ... cannot make the case for new track, so the have to rely on some other transport task to fund those, like the multiple train per day corridor services to Chicago, and now the 110mph versions of those services.

      The Steel Interstates, described in much more detail last week, justify new track, throug or Express passing track, to get the 60mph and 90mph fast freight through for time-to-schedule sensitve freight markets now dominated by long haul trucking.

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      by BruceMcF on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 08:20:10 AM PDT

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      •  There is a strong case for multiple runs though (0+ / 0-)

        Indeed many people like myself would transit the rail if it were economically within our means.

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        by idbecrazyif on Mon Jun 11, 2012 at 10:32:38 PM PDT

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        •  South Bend to Chicago, sure, ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... though that is not a Long Distance train ...

          ... but it requires beneficiaries other than passengers to pay their fare share, and the State of Indiana seems to prefer free riding on the passengers backs.

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          by BruceMcF on Wed Jun 13, 2012 at 04:44:25 PM PDT

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