With all of the discussion about high speed rail between Madison and Milwaukee, I missed the report which identified the best place to locate the local station.
I know there is lot of discussion about the Dane County Regional Airport. I also caught the suggestion that there be an alternative or additional stop at the tracks across East Washington and First Street.
I assume that airport station has three advantages:
- It facilitates the train moving on to the Twin Cities by not diverting it downtown.
- It gets the rail passengers to their connecting flights out of Madison.
- The high speed rail passengers can then shift to a local rail system which is already moving passengers from downtown Madison/UW campus to the airport.
That is good if that is the best scenario given the needs of the high speed rail passengers.
I curious as to what the passengers want. Can someone direct me the study which shows the destination for the majority of passengers and surveys of the needs of potential passengers?
How realistic is it that the train will proceed to the Twin Cities in the decade after the Madison-Milwaukee route is completed?
Are the high speed rail passengers going to use the airport?
How realistic is the local rail system to downtown Madison for the airport?