- Jul 30, 2021
As someone who is riding from MSP to CHI in a couple of weeks I would much prefer the predictable schedule above to the possibility of a late 8. At least in my case, the Metra train I will be connecting with (BNSF line) runs until after midnight.Given the likelihood of train 8 being late eastbound I hope the states & CP have a realistic view about the need for sidings being available. For the mornings that 8 runs two-plus hours late an 11 o'clock hour eastbound departure for the new train out of STP would put two passenger trains occupying the freight route in relative proximity.
Such is why I would prefer an afternoon departure from STP, my main layover point (ie. where I'm presently living). I'm still glad for a predictable eastbound departure at any hour.
I will miss the SSL and it might prompt me to take 7 westbound even if I take the new train eastbound.