Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Whew! KRM killed off.

A last-minute try to restore the KRM (Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee) commuter rail project thankfully failed.

KRM was a poorly-conceived boondoggle that made little sense. I'm glad to see it go. It would have been a lot of money expended for very little benefit.

On the flip side, it's been argued here that Kenosha's Amtrak station -- promised at no cost to the taxpayers when Dairyland Greyhound Park was licensed -- needs to be built.

Right now there are seven daily round-trip Hiawatha service trains running each way between Chicago and Milwaukee (six each way on Sundays) funded primarily by the states of Wisconsin and Illinois. These trains travel on high-speed tracks (unlike the slow-poke Metra service). The run from Milwaukee to Chicago (or vice versa) is 89 minutes -- less than it takes Metra to get from Kenosha to Chicago (and back).

Adding a Kenosha stop would probably put an extra two or three minutes onto that schedule. No big deal. Connecting bus service from downtown Kenosha and Racine to the Amtrak stations at Kenosha and Sturtevant would make a lot of sense.

What doesn't make sense is having two competing train lines running on different tracks. How stupid was that?

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