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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    I suppose if someone is up to it, they could get on Google Earth (if that app still exists, or Google Maps satellite view I suppose) and trace the railroad route from Washington, DC to the Jacksonville station to see what the exact mileage is. Amtrak’s public timetable mileage isn’t always 100%...
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    Wolverine reduced-service question

    Often, connections in Arrow are built around specific trains in order to prevent a crazy number of options from showing up. In the case of MKE-DET, the connection would have been 334-352 (or 338-354). The idea being that if someone searches an MKE-DET connection, 99% of the passengers wouldn’t...
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    You state that as if it is some sort of universal truth.
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    Amtrak/Septa Joint Travel

    I’m honestly quite surprised that this has managed to survive all this time. It’s seriously a great thing that ought to be replicated everywhere, but given how backwards transportation planning is in this country and how parochial transit systems tend to be, even when working with other public...
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    Except, given the state of LD trains (even pre-COVID), it’s quite evident that it isn’t “stacked towards long-distance rail service,” either.
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    Ok. You lost me when you said the system we currently have works. The system we currently have is entirely stacked against the development of new intercity passenger rail corridors.
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    It's fair to them because now they can have access to federal funding to expand their service even further. The "I never had it, so you shouldn't get it either" argument is ... specious, at best.
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    Congress, through the PRIIA act passed in 2008.
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    How much would it cost for Amtrak to build their own tracks nationwide?

    The Starlight/Zephyr bus connection to SF hurts ridership compared to what? A non-existent direct rail connection that doesn’t add 3.5 hours to a trip that can be done in 15 minutes? In any event, the discussion is really comparing apples and oranges. BART (a commuter system that people ride...
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    Federal arrests for placing "shunts" on tracks.

    Some (Many? Most?) crossing signals a bit smarter than a simple “train/no train” detection setup. Granted, it may or may not be in this particular case, but some of them can detect (or, calculate) the speed at which a train is approaching and change their activation accordingly. Some years ago...
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    The Coast Starlight serves exactly as many states as the Wolverine, the Downeaster, the proposed extra Chicago-St. Paul train, etc. A New Orleans-Florida route would serve more states than the Coast Starlight. By what logic, other than an arbitrary mileage cutoff that is far, far higher than...
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    The Boeing MAX 8 Accidents

    Interesting that such a flight would make the news. MAXes have been flying, more or less continuously, since they entered service. Even when the fleet was grounded (for commercial operations) ferry flights and test flights have been occurring regularly across North America (and possibly even...
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    CSX to buy Pan Am Railways

    https://www.csx.com/index.cfm/about-us/media/press-releases/csx-to-acquire-pan-am-railways-in-new-england/ Will be interesting if they keep the rights to the Pan Am name or sell it off.
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    Stephen Gardner new Amtrak president

    I'm just gonna leave this right here: https://media.amtrak.com/2020/11/stephen-gardner-named-amtrak-president-as-part-of-new-leadership-structure/
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    Auto Train Why not more routes?

    Generally agree with points 2, 3 and 4 (and sort-of 5). For point #1, I agree that enroute switching would be a source of delay, though I don’t think you’d need to switch in/out passenger cars, particularly if the hypothetical auto train stop was near the end of the regular route anyway. Just...
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