The biggest problem (for me) is that it's an overnight trip. Plus, there's the hassle of either backtracking or boarding in the middle of the night. If I could leave in the morning and arrive in the evening, then yes, no contest. I would take the train almost every time, depending on the price difference. I would LOVE to be able to hop a train to NYC for a long weekend if the price were low enough. Given the terrible schedule, it makes much more sense (for me) to either drive 10-11 hours to the east coast or hop a plane in Kzoo or Detroit. If they can figure out a way to run an early-morning train from Chicago to points east, I am ALL FOR IT.