talindsay wrote: ↑
October 21st, 2019, 2:59 pm
True intercity rail benefits people going both ways, at various points along the corridor. Rochester specifically, being a medical destination in its own right, is probably the strongest case for this, but it's still not self evident - it needs to be developed.
Couldn't you achieve some of this by continuing on to La Crosse, Madison, Milwaukee, and Chicago? I know it was being developed in isolation, but I always saw Rochester HSR in the context of the MSP-Chicago corridor and the scrapped ARRA HSR plans.
I don't know if this was the point you were trying to make, but it seems like an easy solution is to include stops along the route (Pine Island, Cannon Falls, Zumbrota, etc.) and have express trains that don't make those stops and trains that do stop in those towns, so then those towns aren't left behind with a bullet train zipping through them.
Even just adding one stop (probably Cannon Falls) might go a long way. The optics of shuttling people nonstop with literally no options whatsoever other than going to the end of the line are pretty bad. Having a stop to act as a magnet for people going into either city makes sense from a fairness perspective, even if it doesn't necessarily from a ridership one.