This is part one of my Midwest High Speed Rail Association 2013 Fall Meeting recordings. The gathering was held at Crowne Plaza Convention Center ( previously Union Station converted for new use ) in Indianapolis Indiana.
My one critical comment of the event would be – I do not understand why many attendees chose to drive to the meeting. If you are promoting passenger rail and the convenience of this mode of public transportation – shouldn’t you be leading by example and using the service? There were several of us who did exactly that. For all the talk about the recent success of saving Amtrak Hoosier State – from my asking around – it seemed very few celebrated that success by actually purchasing a ticket and taking a ride. Rather hypocritical in my opinion. This also gives those against passenger rail and high speed service – ammunition and arguments to defend their viewpoint.
I rode Amtrak Lincoln Service to Chicago. Stayed overnight and boarded Amtrak Hoosier State Friday evening to head to Indianapolis Indiana.
XpressWest will be built on exclusive, new double track over approximately 185 miles between Southern California and Las Vegas – Right now we still have a long way to go before that statement is truth
“The Hoosier State runs daily between Chicago and Indianapolis with Reserved Coach service.”