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RIDING THE TRAIN

some quick tidbits on what it’d be like

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FREQUENCY
4-6 trains per day (the Madison-Milwaukee line will have 8)

SPEED
79-110 mph. Sure, commercial airplanes get up to 500 mph, but how much time is burned by boarding, taxiing, security, and checking luggage? These factors often offset the speed advantage of air travel.

WEATHER
Rail travel is less dependent on good, clear weather than air travel. If the rail system is made well and operated smoothly, severe weather conditions such as raging snowstorms, dense fog, and thunderstorms do not affect a trip like the delays and cancellations often incurred by flying.

PRICE
No one is quite sure yet. But, “It’s got to be competitive with driving, or no one will use it,” says Jackie Pavelski, Eau Claire City Council, and WCW Rail Coalition.

COMFORT
Simply take a seat and enjoy the ride. Although some high-speed trains may carry some standing passengers.

SAFETY
Wisconsin averages 122,000 car crashes per year, compared to 57 train-related accidents. High-speed rail is simpler to control (than an airplane or car) due to its predictable course.

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