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Aug 1, 201411:49 AMVan Lines

with Joe Vanden Plas

Goyke all aboard MAD-CHI train service

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While he never expected to lobby City Hall, one of the reasons Goyke agreed to work with the Alliance was the issue of connectivity of restaurants, bars, and existing hotels in downtown Madison — connections beyond a fixed-route transit system. Other cities have gone to these connectors, which enhances their attractiveness as a destination.

Our destination should also have better business connectivity with the Midwest’s largest city. Noting the Walker administration’s opposition to publicly financed rail, Goyke believes it can be done largely, if not entirely, without the state’s involvement. Iowa Pacific has got the track, trains, and personnel; the Chicago-based Metra service appears ready to roll, too.

With limited airlift and only a smattering of existing rail options, Goyke believes it’s a 95% possibility. “It puts Madison back in the picture,” he says, “and if this is successful, others will follow.”

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