State Sen. Alberta Darling, (R-River Hills), complained that the timing for the purchase of two Spanish high-end trains for the Milwaukee-to-Chicago Amtrak run is wrong.
Label Darling wrong, and shallow, and sidetracked by partisanship - - and move on: now is absolutely the right time to get Wisconsin in possession of these trains, for these reasons:
It gives Wisconsin a leg up on winning more funding for fuller high-speed rail service as part of the coming, Midwest system.
It landed Wisconsin the train manufacturer's maintenance and assembly facility.
It gets the entire process underway, better positioning
Wisconsin with top-shelf train service when the price of oil, and driving, and tolling will inevitably make the drive to Chicago even more expensive.