Probably not the most important issue for the majority of souls in west central Wisconsin, but definitely the difference between a full, robust quality of life and an existence much less satisfying for thousands of handicapped, elderly and otherwise needy. Also, these travel options and general diversity help attract and keep our brightest and best in the area.
- Passenger rail is a very real option for those who cannot drive, those who choose not to drive and the elderly.
- Stress due to driving and parking problems are particularly difficult for the aged and handicapped.
- Train service offers an additional travel option for secondary education students, many of which presently are not candidates because we lack that option.
- An interesting fact, and not exactly a passenger rail comparison, but still relevant, a U.S. family can save $9,986 annually by swapping one of their 2 cars for public transit.