I have to say, it warms my heart to see people taking to the streets in support of better rail transportation choices. We saw it last year in Vermont, and here again we have 400 people in Fort Wayne, IN petitioning for the return of Amtrak service. In addition, Ft. Wayne is a potential incremental high-speed rail stop linking the Chicago hub to the proposed Ohio network.
Of course, these rallies aren’t grand demonstrations demanding the construction of a national HSR network. It’s regular people who just want convenient transportation options for their community. It sounds small, but the local scale is exactly where momentum is rooted for a real change in national rail policy.
And a few protests might be exactly what the doctor ordered. As The Overhead Wire points out, people want the efficient and sustainable jobs and transportation that rail brings. The politicians just aren’t listening to them.
The Chicago Tribune has the full story.