mtuandrew wrote:Should a permanent reroute of the Builder to the Surrey Cutoff be announced, I also would expect North Dakota to push for a Fargo - Grand Forks - Winnipeg train for partial compensation (and to continue to serve the third-largest city in the state.)
So here’s the final tally:
Three elk, a wild turkey, four bald eagles, a grizzly bear, a prairie dog, a turtle, two dozen great blue herons and enough other waterfowl to make me wish I’d brought a bird book.
No, that’s not the quarry from some felony-level hunting expedition -- nor were these creatures spotted while hiking.
Rather, I saw them from Amtrak’s Empire Builder, a 46-hour train ride between Chicago and Seattle.
And the wildlife is only part of the story.
With the track improvements necessary for high-speed rail from the Twin Cities to Chicago, this route will significantly increase freight capacity, which will grow our economy, make passenger rail a viable alternative to cars and planes, and increase safety by improving or eliminating at-grade crossings.
mtuandrew wrote:Hey folks, I had a question from the Hoosier State thread that you might be better able to answer here. When Amtrak adds CHI-MSP cars to the Builder as 807 and 808, are they simply on Amtrak's own account now, or are they state-funded? When the PRIIA changes come about, will Amtrak continue to add these cars free of charge (if it does so now?) I got the impression that some Indianans were comparing 850/851 to 807/808, stub versions of a LD, and thought it should be provided free of charge as part of the National System.