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  1. Nick Farr

    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    It's a handy tool to have if your dates are flexible and you want to know if you're getting the lowest price.
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Well, you know how much snowpack you have for the year by late February.
  3. Nick Farr

    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Yet, you know it's measured differently from precipitation that falls on the population area and the volume of supply is known months in advance so you can plan accordingly. There's not much you can do when you count on unpredictable rainfall. An area that gets virtually no precipitation can...
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    Agreed. The other non-obvious thing is that the bucket chart refers to pricing across the entire route. What would be most helpful is actually giving routing and costs, perhaps competing to see who can craft the cheapest journey across that route.
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Most of Phoenix's water comes from salt river valley snowpack. By virtue of being a valley with one outlet, the area is more suited for groundwater replenishment than other desert cities. You're always going to have some evap, especially in sprinkler usage. The critical thing is making sure...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    The question is not so much the amount of rainfall as much as what's captured over a very long period and what leaves the area (into the ocean). The primally problem with most drought areas is fresh water bring flushed out into the ocean faster than it gets replenished, usually with snowpack.
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Mostly rainwater, runoff and reclaimed water. They actually treat wastewater specifically for groundwater replenishment.
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    It is. $656 and $799 are the lower buckets I found in February. You might be able to find a slightly lower fare for the whole trip starting in late January. Shall we play Fare Golf?
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    If we're playing Amtrak Fare Golf: $4,827 I'm actually a bit surprised I could do an around-the-country trip in sleepers for under $5k. All prices quoted in Roomettes for two Passengers, assuming Rail Passenger Association discount. (Family membership is $80). Prices searched on 9/12/21...
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    Well, it's the only national passenger railroad for one. Beyond that, billions of dollars in subsidies from the government.
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    Need Amtrak trip and route planning help. Who should I contact?

    In many ways, yes. You can take the train, but you'll probably have to book each section separately. Amtrak doesn't show fares across a range of dates on it's website as we've been lamenting as of late. Also, driving will probably be cheaper depending on how fuel efficient your vehicle is...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Groundwater sources get replenished from many different places. They're also harder to cut off entirely, unlike say the Colorado River.
  13. Nick Farr

    Short Consists of Long Distance Trains

    Jim Mathews was talking about Freight Railroads, who have a clear motive to lie and have been proven doing so in a slew of operational contexts. They have actively lobbied against enforcement of the law regarding on-time performance. There's no proof that Amtrak has any clear motive other than...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Arizona is also not entirely dependent on the Colorado River for water *or* power, unlike Las Vegas. Their junior rights to the Colorado are primarily why they've been doing more to prepare than Las Vegas. Phoenix is 70/30 split between river and groundwater, whereas Las Vegas is 90/10 river...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    I would. Phoenix is leading the nation in wastewater reclamation projects and making sure new development doesn't outstrip the water supply. As a state, Arizona is far more prepared for the looming water crisis and doing more to replace infrastructure to conserve water than any other state.
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