Rail projects such as the one proposed in Wisconsin are notorious for inefficiency and cost overruns. In Ohio, the so-called high speed rail line from Cincinnati to Cleveland is expected to average only 50 miles per hour. Wisconsin simply can't afford this level of inefficiency...So one potential compromise ... make the trains go faster???
Wisconsin Governor-Elect Scott Walker uncorks perhaps his strongest argument yet against alleged "high-speed" passenger rail in Wisconsin: it's too slow. (Although it's strange he didn't localize his case. We know the Milwaukee-Madison line will go about 80 MPH to start, and eventually up to 110 MPH after proper infrastructure is in place.)