Originally Posted by dirk digler
There is no way in hell you could build a rail system that could go to all mid-sized cities without breaking the bank.
I think the map does a nice job of it. The problem is that KC and Des Moines are on the fringe. Those are the two cities I hear the most in this thread. Once you go south of KC and west of Des Moines, there's a lot of crap routes, which seem to only be there so we can create connections north-south / east-west. That's where I can understand that there probably isn't market, and it will be insanely expensive.
It's wrong to say that only the major northeast hubs would benefit. This system built here is tremendous for the southeast, for california/west, and for the upper midwest.