December 14, 2009

GLAMOR AND GRIT:

Modern train service slowed by freight> (MARY WISNIEWSKI, 12/14/09, Chicago Sun Times)

High speed rail is a glamorous idea -- it's fun to imagine a train streaking through the cornfields from Chicago to St. Louis in four hours.

Less glamorous are some of the fixes that need to be made to Chicago's notoriously slow freight rail system. Talk about projects like "signalize interlocking" and "grade separation," and eyes glaze over.

But the promise of faster passenger rail is inextricably linked to the down-and-dirty business of freight. To make passenger and commuter trains move faster, you have to get the boxcars out of the way.

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 14, 2009 2:47 PM
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