Originally Posted by mnchiefsguy
I do not believe that building said rail would reduce the need to use highways, or reduce congestion in any meaningful way.
Definitely a tough sell on visibly reducing congestion. Completely disagree on reducing demand for highways. The biggest value is in this being a viable alternative for long car travel, but maybe too short a plane ride to justify the hassle or expense. I don't know why you keep insisting that Midwesterners love their cars. Especially in a new era of multitasking where I'm sure people would rather read a book, fiddle with their phone or Internet vs spending four hours fixated on the road. Plus as gas goes up, the cost savings of driving don't add up the way they used to. Again... I know people who commute 1-2 hours so their family can live in a better area. I know tons of Midwesterners who constantly commute to see their girlfriend. I can assure you that the regular commute is exhausting.