phuqueue wrote:So even if we eventually end up with true HSR in MO some years down the line, it sounds like it's still going to track the same meandering route as current Amtrak service and, presumably, stop in all the same little backwater towns, right? Doesn't it seem like it would make more sense to run a more direct route along I-70 (cutting out like 40 or 50 miles in the process) and hit Columbia instead? Are Hermann and Sedalia really funneling tons of passengers onto the River Runner?
My understanding is for 110mph it would follow the same route, but a 220 would require a new set of tracks (HSR is about as well defined as HD TV or Telepresence). Missouri is hiring HNTB for the new rail version. I believe the general push is for a transportation corridor that follows I-70. 220 rail, 4 lanes for cars and 4 lanes for trucks. The good part would be that this is the Columbus, Ohio to KC plan for I-70. HSR from KC to Columbus would kick ass.