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Ridlington & Kerth et al, policy analysts w/ the Frontier Group, environmental think tank in affiliation with
the Public Interest Network, Fall 2010 [Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group – Elizabeth & Rob, Brian Imus
& Bruce Speight, WISPIRG Foundation “Connecting the Midwest, - How a Faster Passenger Rail Network Could
Speed Travel and Boost the Economy,” Accessed 6/1/12] SM
Building a modern passenger rail network will be a boost to the Midwest’s economy. Making connections between our cities quicker
and more convenient will bet- ter equip the region for the 21st century economy, and upgrading our railways will create
tens of thousands of jobs. The 19th century was characterized by the phenomenal growth of the Midwest’s cities. Chicago, a town of less
than a thou- sand people in the 1830s, grew to be the fifth-largest city in the world by 1900.26 Other cities, such as St. Louis, experienced similar
meteoric rises. The 20th century, on the other hand, was characteri...
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