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Is the Chicago to Carbondale route justified because there is existing alignment, because of possible future extension down the Mississippi to New Orleans or what?  It seems anomalous considering that an extension from St. Louis, of the same length, could extend through Memphis to Little Rock or through Memphis to Vicksberg.  Who represents Carbondale?

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 17th, 2009 at 05:25:31 PM EST
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