Geographically, its a logical straight-shot from Seattle to Minneapolis through to Ottawa and then on to Halifax, a major sea port; and at one time there were two major through routes, but for some reason rail has not thrived in the area. Would the big pull of Chicago have something to do with the atrophy of the rail situation?
And what about current and projected congestion around Chicago? Wouldn't it be smart to avoid that gateway and go through the Upper Peninsula?
Will the marketplace some day dictate more emphasis on the Upper Peninsula as a through route?