lukpac wrote: I guess I'm not adverse to looking into either, but one question I still have (mainly about commuter rail) is is Madison really big enough, either in terms of population or landmass? I just compared some maps, and it would seem that the distance from one end of Madison to the other is *roughly* the distance between the loop and the Tri-State in Chicago. The Metra lines in Chicago are much longer, and go through areas of much higher density than around here. And traffic is a heck of a lot worse. And Madison doesn't have the magnet of a downtown that Chicago does.
Yup. I think we're far, far from having the density to support the streetcar option. It'll be a bit of a gimmick and a sinkhole for $$$. Commuter rail is a different story.
Nice to be a planner, but outside the process. Don't have to feel so unclean.