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But the station has arrived well ahead of the trains.
And we wonder why our state and federal government is on a path to insolvency...
Yellow ceiling? Ewww...
The depot looks much as it did before it closed.Fifty years ago you could catch a train not only to Chicago but to Seattle and Houston Texas among other places.Before you think about high speed rail to Duluth and Rochester instead think about more trains operated by Amtrak to Chicago and more commuter rail like Northstar in the Twin Cities.The Talgo trains which operate between Seattle and Portland by Amtrak are well patronized and are built in Milwaukee Wisconsin USA not abroad.
I like the way the editorial board just casually tosses out the $234 million number out there, as if it was a bargain or trivial amount. Let's give it the number respect it deserves, a quarter of a *BILLION* dollars. Is it any wonder the state is running in the red? One train station.....ONE! and POOF! A quarter of a billion in taxpayer money GONE. The only destination out of Union Depot will be Greece.
I don't know if rail connections would be possible to extend North Star to Union depot but it would seem to be a good idea. Then exend that to include St Cloud and Rochester.
"It's amazing what $243 million can do."
Right. It's too bad we wasted it on a bus terminal, but what can you expect from people who call cash for clunkers, "stimulous".
Maybe this will be an encouragment for Rail Travel. We need to come back to something other than the Airlines, they are ripping people off and travel by air is no longer enjoyable -- like traveling in a cattle car.
There must be an old stage-coach terminal somewhere that we could dump a few million into. I think that will make a comeback too. And don't overlook the environmental friendliness of the Pony Express. Organic emissions and no paved roads required.
barbjens said: "...travel by air is no longer enjoyable -- like traveling in a cattle car."----------------------Interesting comparison in that a cattle car is is pulled by a locomotive.
Instead of the dream of High Speed rail, how about a few more trains to Chicago on a regular schedule. Then when don't we have that train get up to the speeds achieved in the 1930s (6.5 hrs). Also don't confuse the top speed of HSR trains with the length of the journey. Yesterday I looked up a city pair in Europe, Frankfurt to Paris (355 miles), the high speed train takes 4.5 hours. Thus, Chicago would be about 5 hours from St Paul.
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