Originally Posted by Caveat Emperor
Yup -- rail travel is all about hitting the sweet spot of travel of "annoying to drive, expensive to fly." If I could pay ~$100 round trip to take a train to Chicago that left at reasonable times (early - mid morning), I'd do it every time instead of driving.
To me its about cost, convenience, and time. I would love to be able to hop the train to Chicago. I have friends who live right off the blue line and that would mean I wouldn't have to deal with a car in Chicago. But if the train is too expensive, doesn't at least equal my drive time, or leaves at 1 in the morning I am not going to take it.