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    Traveling cross country with an 8 month old baby in coach?

    Aircraft have heppa filtered air that filters the entire air supply every few minutes. Im not sure that the plane is any more or less “dangerous” then a train, but the train you certainly are going to have far more hours of exposure to different people. 42 hours in couch in masks with a child...
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    Whats with freight delays and speed restrictions?

    I’ve departed LAX to JFK and been speed restricted most of the way, .77 or.76. Obviously the heavier and higher you are though and sometimes “unable” is the only thing you can say. A full a321 loaded with gas near max recommended ceiling will not go .74 if assigned. I’m sure the OP is stirring...
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    NEC Capital Projects

    Replacement of the Connecticut River bridge should be on the list as well.
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    Actual Size of Acela First Overhead 25" Spinner

    The bins on the Acela are larger then any I’ve seen on an aircraft. Even oversized luggage shouldn’t be a problem.
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    Actual Size of Acela First Overhead 25" Spinner

    My oversized flight crew luggage works roll aboard fit no problem. The lockers on the Acela are very large.
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    Amtrak Asks Two People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride (NPR 1/17/20)

    This isn’t true. I’ve had 85 wheelchairs passengers on a West Palm Beach to Boston flight during “migration” season. Now, there’s no way the flight will be on time, especially if you have a significant amount of aisle chair passengers on board, but no we don’t have a limit.
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    The XLR is going to be revolutionary for trans Atlantic travel. After that I’m guessing Airbus will fund the development of the a321+... I rewinged a321 with laminar flow and extended wingspan with folding wingtips to allow access to current icao group 3 gates.
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    All the tooling for the 757 was destroyed years ago. Building a 757NG would basically require a new ground up effort, and if you do that then just go ahead and fund the NSA. Also, no engine is currently available in the 757s required thrust rating.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I’ve ridden the Stadler Flirt over in Switzerland. It was nice but the seating was a bit odd at different levels depending on your position in the car. I think at least it was the flirt. Cool cool train... narrow gauge and a cog capability to climb the steep mountain passes between Lucern and...
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    San Jose CA hotels.

    Our crew hotel is the Fairmont. Its very nice and looks to be fairly reasonably priced. The breakfast is great.
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Why not? Ironically my best friend in the world is the same way. His sister in law just announced she’s getting married... in California. We’re in Connecticut. His phobia of flying is so great that he’s going to likely take Amtrak or drive. Heck, I’ve given him opportunities to even occupy...
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    I don’t often upgrade to buisness on Amtrak because I’m usually on sub 2 hour trains. Where I have and always do is in Europe. The buisness class upgrades on OBB, Bahn, and Trenitalia is night and day. Far less crowded, far more space, and a very reasonable up-charge.
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    The point I was making is the money aspect. Comparing a $200 basic economy fare to a roomette or bedroom which can be more then a thousand dollars isn’t apples to apples. If you are willing to pay for the roomette why not splurge on a first class ticket which usually affords you amenities like...
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    Absolutely. A very valid response. Another.... I hate to fly, another valid response. I'm afraid of heights. Valid. I love to see the country. Valid. My entire point of entering this thread was the non valid responses that were down right mis-information. I ride trains because planes burn 10...
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    Why trains instead of planes for long distance?

    That makes sense. The thread though is why trains over planes over long distances. We agree trains make sense over short distances, And I’ll agree that those trains serve corridors. They exist and are a transportation option.