Ha, that is great. I just wrote an e-mail to a friend making very similar points about how dubious the statistics that are presented in various forms of media are. Without reviewing the source materials to determine the methodology used in the study it is very difficult to determine how accurate or valid they are.
I'm sure you could find service out of Seattle if sincerely interested in traveling by rail. Departs: 1:30 AM Fri Aug 20 2010 Spokane, WA (SPK) Arrives: 3:55 PM Sat Aug 21 2010 Chicago, IL - Union Station (CHI)