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And of course it is Obama himself who represented Carbondale, as its former Senator.  As one who grew up and lived his life in the west I do not expect the density of mid-sized towns along these three routes.  Will there be service for all?  I can certainly see how tying Chicago to Urbana to Carbondale with rapid rail could facilitate sharing of human resources amongst Illinois universities, although I don't know how many daily passenger miles that would generate.  Density certainly favors mass transit.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Feb 17th, 2009 at 08:48:18 PM EST
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