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Already, more people board trains at Union Station than airplanes at Midway Airport. Adding high-speed rail could make it busier than O'Hare Airport.

In 2010, 15 million passengers boarded Metra trains, another 1.2 million used Amtrak. Midway had 8.9 million enplanements that year.

Amtrak trains have demonstrated dramatic ridership growth, pushing traffic at Union Station higher every year.

Yet these dramatic gains are relatively modest compared with the 8 million additional boardings that 220-mph bullet trains could bring to downtown Chicago.

It is clear that Union Station is a critical component of Chicago's economy.