Tuesday, November 30, 2010

The shortest route between Chicago and Minneapolis if Scott Walker succeeds ...


... may run through Dubuque. If Wisconsin turns its back on high speed rail between Madison and Milwaukee -- and the federal funds that would almost entirely cover the cost -- then the Midwest High Speed Rail Network may well turn its back on Wisconsin. This should make even opponents of passenger rail stop and think, because the upgraded tracks would serve freight as well as passenger trains, and thus affect business as well as passenger transportation. If Scott Walker turns down the money and blocks the train, it will be one small (and probably illusory) step for Wisconsin taxpayers, and one giant step toward making Wisconsin a transportation and economic backwater. (Map courtesy of Mayor Dave's blog post.)

2 comments:

Cybergabi said...

For personal reasons I very much love Dubuque, and I think it has a huge potential. It would even be one of my preferred residence locations in the US - lots of cheap empty warehouses around, and the wonderful Mississippi River in front of the door, and still flat enough to be bikeable (at least when you stay downtown). With a high speed rail route real estate prices will rocket. Anyone who can afford it should buy the moment they announce this.

I'm still sorry for Madison though.

k*thy said...

I see these maps and hear these discussions about bypassing Madison - it just makes no sense at all. Short term gains and political points at such a high, long-term economic cost.