Tuesday, April 10, 2007 at 2:53 pm

MPR on Passenger Rail

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Minnesota Public Radio on Amtrak, passenger rail in the Midwest, and the possibility of high-speed rail between Minneapolis and Chicago. Rail service between major centres — especially when they’re at a great distance from one another — compares poorly to air travel in terms of both cost and speed, but along the Empire Builder’s line the train is frequently cheaper, because plane tickets to small cities cost more. Create a high-speed corridor between Minneapolis and Chicago, and — even at 110 mph — rail suddenly becomes competitive on speed, once you factor in airport-related delays.

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