Last week, the Minnesota Department of Transportation announced it will continue with planning for better and faster train service between the Twin Cities and Chicago.
The route is almost entirely in Wisconsin, whose current governor opposes rail expansion. But the Twin Cities and Chicago are two powerful economic hubs of the 21st century that need trains, and are determined to get them.
More Republicans, and more Republican run states, will continue to support trains. They know (or will find out) that without getting onboard with trains their states will be left economically standing at the station.
Train day last month with packed crowds at the recently rennovated Union Depot in St. Paul, Minnesota. Passengers in the Twin Cities will board Amtrak here starting later this year. Empty now, the depot will look like this every day for the rest of this century.
This post was written by William A. Draves, who authored "Nine Shift: Work, Life, and Education in the 21st Century" with Julie Coates. Their latest book is "Pedagogy of the 21st Century." This post originally appeared on the Nine Shift blog.