Amtrak trains are now making that 300-mile trip is five hours, but high speed rail service would cut that time in half.
There are many other cities where high-speed trains would make a lot of sense, too. Chicago is at the top of that list, with potential links to a number of major cities within a 300 to 400 mile radius -- Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Saint Louis, Detroit, Cleveland, Indianapolis, and Columbus, for example.
These trains, which are powered by electricity, would replace literally millions of auto trips and all those carbon emissions.
But there’s more … a lot more. Most people don’t realize that one-third of all commercial airline flights in the US are to destinations 350 miles away or less. And, even with intermediate stops, that’s a three-hour trip on a high-speed train.
Oh, yeah …and think of all the jobs those rail links would create.