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Midwest High Speed Rail

February 26, 2009
Midwest High Speed Rail Network Map (via the.urbanophile)

Midwest High Speed Rail Network Map (via the.urbanophile)

Doyle’s push for Wisconsin’s prominent inclusion in a Midwest high-speed rail network is great for everyone.  In December, my wife and I had to sit on the O’Hare tarmac for two hours before our connecting flight to Milwaukee was ultimately canceled because Mitchell couldn’t handle the snowfall — I’m sure everyone has had a short flight like that at some point in time that just didn’t make sense to them.

Once a viable rail network is created, piddly flights like these will be gone forever, allowing airlines to focus on more profitable and efficient flights of longer distances.  HSR is a perfect fit for the distances between most Midwestern cities.

  1. February 28, 2009 4:39 am

    Sounds like a job for

  2. March 2, 2009 11:56 am

    That site’s funny, Dan — I like the shark in the house — but I’m not sure what it has to do with anything. Do you disagree with what I wrote? Help me out! :)

  3. March 2, 2009 11:38 pm

    Oops, I meant to put that comment on “More Great Moments In Journal Sentinel Blogs.”

  4. March 16, 2009 6:59 am

    There are already quite a few options to get you to O’Hare/Chicago and back.

    1. Megabus
    2. Amtrak
    3. Airport buses
    4. Greyhound

    The catch with 3 out of 4 is that you have to take the L into the Loop to catch them.

    Personally, I love to fly out of Chicago (often because of price), and have no problem taking one of the options into the Loop from Milwaukee and hitting the L to O’Hare or Midway.

    The problem is the service time now, with not much in the way of late night service. And of course the L trip from the Loop on out.

    Out of curiosity why didn’t you choose one of those options from the start?

  5. March 16, 2009 8:08 am

    Thanks for your comment, Jeramy.

    Usually, I take the Amtrak Hiawatha from MKE to Union Station and then the blue line up to O’Hare, but on this particular flight we had free tickets through United and I thought the short flight would be easier to manage. I definitely guessed wrong, and we ended up staying the night at a friends and Amtraking it back to MKE the next day.

  6. March 20, 2009 12:17 pm

    @Rob That sounds like bar karma, masquerading as good karma. I was stuck in that trap a few years ago on a flight back from Seattle. Microsoft didn’t understand that I didn’t want to fly back to Milwaukee, as I knew it would take longer, but they were buying. Six hours later I ended up the loser.

  7. March 20, 2009 7:48 pm

    Yeah, we pretty much avoid flying out of MKE, too, because it’s easier for my wife and I to Amtrak down to Chicago, stay with friends and then catch the blue line up to O’Hare in the morning. Unfortunately, I don’t find MCTS reliable enough to do the same here.

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