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Chapter 2 Alternatives Considered
ABSTRACT: This chapter identifies the Alternatives considered for the Program and the analysis conducted to define the alternatives. The Route Alternatives encompass the physical infrastructure, track, and right of way between Chicago and Pontiac, Michigan, whereas Service Alternatives describe the proposed enhancements in train frequencies, travel times, equipment, and amenities. All the Route Alternatives support maximum operating speeds, trip times, and frequencies considered for the Service Alternatives and likewise the variations in service are not affected by the considered Route Alternatives. While market analysis has resulted in definition of a single Service Alternative for the Program, a number of Route Alternatives are considered and the service characteristics do not restrict the route selection process.
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