Trains? No One Rides Them Around Here...Wait...Yes, They Do, In Record Numbers
You hear it on talk radio all the time: No one will ride the train, blah blah blah.
Except...Amtrak is setting records between Milwaukee and Chicago.
Now imagine for a moment that you could ride the light rail from Brookfield or UW-M or King Drive, transfer at the InterModal station downtown, and continue on to Chicago via Amtrak, or south on the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter line?
Oh...I forgot...that wouldn't work here, because no one will ride the train.
Metra in Chicago is so crammed with passengers (>20% increase in ridership over last year and a new record) that their rolling stock is maxed out and they have been forced into an emergency buy back 5 40 year old ex Chicago and Northwestern commuter coaches that they sold as surplus to a transit agency on the east coast a few years ago. There had been no plans or budget to procure new rolling stock.
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