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gokeefe wrote: ↑Mon Jan 13, 2020 11:02 pm Which would destroy the value of a high frequency corridor. There's a far better case to be made for a second frequency of the Empire Builder than there is for spending $1B on a resurrection of the North Coast Hiawatha. Amtrak would do just fine with a rebirth of the Western Star.THe Western Star did not follow the current route either. It missed Milwaukee, and west of St. Paul, ran to Fargo via Willmar and Moorhead.
I can't help wondering the method, they choose, to come up with the $400,000 figure.If 400 tourists took the train to Cut Bank and spent $1000 each? I'd think People for Glacier Park would go to Glacier, but maybe there's hunting, dude ranches if such things exist any more, that kind of attraction -- something kind of expensive.
eolesen wrote: ↑Tue Jan 14, 2020 2:11 am There's no redeeming value in a new CHI-MSP frequency that doesn't mirror the EB's routing.While I see greater value in 2/day via Milwaukee, and somewhat greater value in providing 2/day to the other WI cites on the route, I think as the east coast LDs show, there can be value in serving a different set of smaller towns while adding 2/day to the main termini. If this came down to no slots to Milwaukee because of Glenview/Lake Forest intransigence, and the freights to Dubuque and north were willing ...
Station Aficionado wrote: ↑Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:28 pmAll that said, will only happen if Congress orders it (but I do see it as the best of the LD-expansion ideas).I think a return of the Silver Palm is more compelling especially if it can run via the FEC or if it improves performance for Amtrak in Florida through other means.