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  1. fairviewroad

    Pennsylvania Turnpike road trip, plus I-83

    I agree that there are privacy concerns, although that could be offset somewhat by making the transponders inactive unless/until the driver activates their account. But I guess that would mean they'd be putting them into tons of vehicles that would never use them, so I can see the argument...
  2. fairviewroad

    I can see (name of train) from my window/porch/etc.

    I can hear (but not see) the Cascades and Coast Starlight from my house. Their horns are distinct from the UP freight locomotives that normally pass through, although knowing the Amtrak schedules also helps me differentiate. I'm about a mile (as the crow flies) from the nearest crossing.
  3. fairviewroad

    Pennsylvania Turnpike road trip, plus I-83

    Some plazas along the PA Turnpike are already cashless (i.e. no toll collectors). The Turnpike says the entire road will be cashless by the fall of 2021. Here's a press release on the Tuscorara Tunnel work.
  4. fairviewroad

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak-related Discussion

    I think a much more likely scenario is that Amtrak will cancel your return trip and leave you with "no alternative transportation." Some airlines are announcing reduced flight schedules for the next couple of months. It's easy to imagine that Amtrak might, too. Some of this could take the form...
  5. fairviewroad

    Instead of Cascade to Vancouver BC ?

    And the ferry doesn't really go to downtown Vancouver, so in reality you are purchasing a bus ticket from Victoria to Vancouver, and a portion of that bus ride takes place on a ferry. If you just want the experience of riding a ferry in the region, there are a number of day trips you can take...
  6. fairviewroad

    NW mudslide season 2019-20

    I'm pretty sure it's a 48-hour post-slide moratorium, not 72 hours.
  7. fairviewroad

    What are the best and worst commuter rails in the U.S.?

    With the exception of the Long Island Rail Road, I don't think there are any commuter rail systems in the US that run 24 hours a day. City transit systems, sure. But not conventional suburb-to-city heavy rail systems. There are a couple of NYC-area lines that come close, notably the NJT's NEC...
  8. fairviewroad

    What are the best and worst commuter rails in the U.S.?

    The dude literally said he's used NJ Transit and hasn't experienced any problems. That could easily be true. Like any commuter rail system, NJT has had their bad days. You wouldn't have to look far to find equally incriminating articles about Metra, SEPTA, Metro-North, etc. People are far more...
  9. fairviewroad

    What are the best and worst commuter rails in the U.S.?

    This is very subjective, and it's hard (IMO) to compare a comprehensive, 7-day a week commuter rail network to a niche system like VRE that operates peak-only service on a couple of lines.
  10. fairviewroad

    Why does the Coast Starlight go east of the Cascades?

    Under normal conditions, staying on I-5 is much faster, although the difference is probably less for an 18-wheeler.
  11. fairviewroad

    SEPTA’s University City Station to become Penn Medicine Station in $3.3 million deal

    I completely agree on "Jefferson." Way too generic of a name. As far as Penn Medicine, I wonder if part of the calculation is to publicize/amplify the fact that you can take the train to their hospital. The more people who arrive on the train, the less parking/traffic congestion for the...
  12. fairviewroad

    Laptop in Café car

    This is why I schlep around my desktop computer, so I'm not violating the "no laptop" policy. :p
  13. fairviewroad

    Train 934 Emeryville to Chicago?

    I guess someone's just going to have to book it to see what happens! :-)
  14. fairviewroad

    Checking Bag But Not Riding

    METRO will definitely run on Thanksgiving Day (holiday schedules here). I don't personally find it a big deal to haul a suitcase on the METRO, but your mileage may vary. But I wouldn't assume car rental places at Union Station will be closed on Thanksgiving Day. I did a dummy booking on the...
  15. fairviewroad

    Checking Bag But Not Riding

    I dunno, it seems like the path of least resistance is simply put it in your car, drive to DC, and check the bag there. Why make an extra trip to the Cary train station the day before, not to mention spend more? Whether you buy a coach ticket for your bag, or use Amtrak Express, either way...
  16. fairviewroad

    SEPTA pulls PCC trolleys out of service for at least a year

    I suspect you are correct. Part of the issue is that (IMO) there isn't a very compelling case to even run streetcars on Girard Ave. Doesn't connect to the subway-surface tunnel, doesn't serve a touristy area. I love those PCC cars, but I think daily commuters on that stretch would be better...
  17. fairviewroad

    SEPTA pulls PCC trolleys out of service for at least a year

    SEPTA’s trolleys along the Route 15 line will be taken out of service and replaced by buses for at least a year beginning Sunday, as the historic PCC II streetcars undergo evaluation and maintenance. More here...
  18. fairviewroad

    Amtrak asks a passenger to move ...

    It's not clear from this story whether the individual was asked to move to a different seat, or that she was forced to stand. I'd be surprised if it was the latter, for while some NEC trains do get into standee situations, that's rare. I also think the outrage level would be much higher if she...
  19. fairviewroad

    Amtrak Asks Two People Who Use Wheelchairs To Pay $25,000 For A Ride (NPR 1/17/20)

    Perhaps, but I think $5,000 per person to go from Chicago to Bloomington would be pretty eye-popping as it is. Amtrak clearly dropped the ball with its outrageous quote, the kind of quote that's designed to make the "problem" go away. Clearly a violation of the ADA, if not the letter of the law...