Originally Posted by La literatura
Connect Cheyenne to Rapid City, SD, through SD, to Minneapolis.
While the railway provides so interesting east/west connections, it provides nothing north to south.
If you are in Houston and need to get to Mpls...good luck. KC to Des Moines? Forget it? Mpls to KC or Little Rock?
Light rail would be in a tough spot. In order to spur ridership, they would have to undercut airfare pricing by a significant amount. If that were to happen, then the system would be bleeding red, and would be requiring government subsidy (i.e. your tax dollars) to stay afloat.
Would riding it be cool? Sure. Worth the cost? I do not see it.
Midwesterners like their cars. They like driving. They would rather spend their tax dollars on keeping the highways in good shape than to build a shiny fancy train that they will ride one, if that.