Station Aficionado wrote:Mr. Norman, thank you for the kind words. It's been interesting and gratifying to read the thoughtful responses to my original post.Unfortunately, given Indiana' -- and particularly Indianapolis's -- backwardness on all things rail, it seems more likely that the routes to Milwuakee, St. Louis, Champaign, Detroit, and indeed Toledo will get upgraded first. Fort Wayne might get service before the route to Indianapolis is upgraded, since it's on the preferred fast route to Toledo.
I had not thought about the possible impact of the Olympics. If Chicago is awarded the games, you're quite correct that spectators (and perhaps athletes in training) may well have to stay far away. That could provide some impetus for (re)building a better route to Indianapolis.
The Grand Crossing connection could eliminate some of the Cardinal's problems in the Chicagoland area, however, as a side effect; or the NICTD expansion to Munster could. Both together certainly could.