A couple of new articles came out over the past few days about the potential new train including this one: http://www.waow.com/...rough-la-crosse
It claims that the train could potentially start operation as early as 2020.
Nice little article, thanks.
But I quibble with your paraphrase that someone claims the train could potentially start as early as 2020. The Minnesota rail planner actually said, "If everything lined up perfectly and funding was available and we could reach agreements with the railroads, the best case scenario ... " That's a lot of qualifying "ifs" between 2017 and 2020.
Things could move fast if the Wisconsin state government and/or the one in D.C. came under new management. But I don't think the current owners will be having that.
Edited by WoodyinNYC, 06 September 2017 - 11:34 AM.