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Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:56 PM

In Rural Montana, a Hope That Biden Will Reopen the Rails

DEER LODGE, Mont. — For nearly a century, passenger trains rumbled three times weekly through this broad, grass-rich mountain valley in central Montana, home to more cattle than people, until Amtrak pulled the plug on the North Coast Hiawatha in 1979.

But with a new president known as “Amtrak Joe” and Democratic control of both houses of Congress, a dozen counties across the sparsely populated state are hoping that a return to passenger train service through the cities of Billings, Bozeman, Helena and Missoula, and whistle stops like Deer Lodge in between, is closer than it has been in four decades.

“Residents of the very rural parts of the state have to travel 175 miles to get on a plane or to seek medical services,” said David Strohmaier, a Missoula County commissioner who is one of those behind the newly formed Big Sky Passenger Rail Authority to raise money and lobby for a return to passenger rail in southern Montana. “Rural communities see it as an economic development opportunity but also as a social lifeline for residents who might not have any other means to travel long distances for necessities.”

Making the journey between Chicago and Seattle, the Hiawatha served the largest cities in Montana. Its absence left a gap in a state where cities and services are widely scattered and public transportation is poor to nonexistent, especially for low-income residents.

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Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Jan 2021 OP
AllyCat Jan 2021 #1
elleng Jan 2021 #2
Wellstone ruled Jan 2021 #3
Blue Owl Jan 2021 #4
keithbvadu2 Jan 2021 #5
montanacowboy Jan 2021 #6
babylonsister Jan 2021 #7

Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Sun Jan 24, 2021, 11:58 PM

1. Oh I would do that!!

Love the train!

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:07 AM

2. Senator Tester MIGHT help;

short of that

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:08 AM

3. The old South Route(Northern Pacific)

 

was the most scenic as well as the old Gateway to Yellowstone and Glacier. Both were served by Bus service from the Amtrak Stations.

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:23 AM

4. K&R

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:28 AM

5. If the free market won't provide rail service, do the conservatives of Montana want socialism to pro

If the free market won't provide rail service, do the conservatives of Montana want socialism to provide it?

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Response to Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin (Original post)

Mon Jan 25, 2021, 12:43 AM

6. Amtrack serves the northern route

Seattle - Spokane - Sandpoint ID, Libby, MT, Whitefish, MT and then through Glacier Park along the highline to Havre and onto the Dakotas, and Minneapolis. Ever since the 60's when I lived there never a train on the southern route. They sure need one and I think Tester could be instrumental and bring this red state into a blue state future.

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Mon Jan 25, 2021, 01:28 AM

7. Mayor Pete might be the guy to talk to. nt

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