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  1. sttom

    Restructuring Canadian Rail Service with existing equipment pools

    My question would be why would representatives from the provinces other than Quebec or Ontario vote to increase service with ancient cars that belong in a museum when the later 2 are getting shiny new equipment? It would be one thing if the other provinces were promised new service in...
  2. sttom

    Restructuring Canadian Rail Service with existing equipment pools

    I understand that the two "roomettes" are different. One advantage the older equipment had over the newer Amtrak equipment and even some of OBB's trains is that you can put a real mattress on the Murphy beds which is generally better than what Amtrak has. Given that Via trades more on their...
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    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    I would say a lie flat seat would be far more doable than a new Slumber Coach seeing as how lie flat seats are made for airlines and adapting something that's already being made would be easier than redesigning the wheel with respects to building a second generation of Slumber Coaches...
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    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    The FRA is considering revising ADA rules for trains, but they are still in the research stage and haven't done a full formal study yet, which means formalized regulations are years away. One thing they are considering changing is making the ADA restrooms larger on new trains as well as the...
  5. sttom

    Restructuring Canadian Rail Service with existing equipment pools

    Even on OBB's services, the Night Jet and Rail Jet cars aren't from the same series anyways. The newer sleepers are a variant of the older Siemens Viaggio Classic. Some of them are left overs from other operators and older orders. So Siemens does have designs it can adapt, but someone would need...
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    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    The point of ADA was to make sure that people have access to roughly equivalent accomodations. Converting all of the coach cars to have beds on the lower level wouldn't be a roughly equivalent. A spot for a wheel chair or a standard coach seat in the section isn't the same as the bed. That would...
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    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    ADA laws would probably beg to differ about that if it was done on every coach. If it was done on 1 car per consist, maybe. But then what happens when that car decides to throw a rod and you don't have a replacement? Amtrak is already in a car shortage as it is. Amtrak's Roomettes are...
  8. sttom

    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    The problem with doing a couchette would be ADA. Which means losing at least 1 room (probably 2 so you don't lose public bathroom capacity) to have an Accessible Bedroom to be compliant with the law. Which is about 32 people in 8 four person rooms. Lie Flat seats according to (I'm forgetting who...
  9. sttom

    Amtrak’s own numbers show LD trains holding their own

    Another couple things I have noticed that Europeans comment positively about Amtrak is that Amtrak gives you the room, not the bed. So privacy is something that they like here compared to European trains where even Deluxe accommodations don't guarantee you privacy. Another thing they seem to...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    There are also the in-between markets that need to be looked at as well. Brightline as planned will serve up to Cape Canaveral which is a far more fruitful market that what Amtrak would serve between Miami and Orlando. Which are tourist markets that Amtrak wouldn't be directly competing in on...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    Why would Brightline cancel their project over an Amtrak train that would run at most 4 times a day on a route that serves different cities that more than likely won't last longer than whatever federal funding gets it going? If Brightline's business proposition is that fragile, they probably...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    There is a difference between a "corridor" and "corridor service". While it might make sense from a planning sense to treat Chicago to New York like a corridor, that doesn't mean that 4 end to end trains would make sense. We don't really think of the Interstates as end to end corridors that...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    In Southern California they're would be and probably would in Florida. Los Angeles to San Bernardino to Victorville is a fairly busy trip in its own right. I've met people that lived in the Victorville area and commuted into San Bernardino because housing was cheaper. Vegas would also need the...
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    Amtrak's Timetables Now Showing the Days of the Week They Operate

    Come to think of it, I wouldn't be shocked if the first thought of Amtrak's management back in April was "furlough the marketing staff" and whatever person that has updated the schedules is just some random person who doesn't normally work on it.
  15. sttom

    Amtrak's Timetables Now Showing the Days of the Week They Operate

    Other than the run days, did the schedules even change? Updating an InDesign file with run days would take maybe an hour for all the long distance trains. It would take much longer for other departments to sign off on the changes. Not sure why they wouldn't for the other services, unless the...
  16. sttom

    How about a train to Alaska? Talk about experiential!

    One solution would be to give people a free housing....but that still won't take away from them being hundreds of miles from nowhere. My guess would be you'd have to rotate people up there since I would imagine it would be very boring living several hundred miles from towns with a population...
  17. sttom

    Amtrak's Timetables Now Showing the Days of the Week They Operate

    I don't see the run days being put on the schedule being that big of a deal. Some people are not going to use the internet for whatever reason. It would more than likely anger more of the public to not have the run days than to have them.
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    My main is with the RPA document is that it's not very robust. Its mostly additions to existing corridors and maybe netting 10 new corridors. To make a difference in our transportation network, they should be planning to open 10 a year, not 1 a year for 15 if they're really lucky. Which the...
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    RPA: Developing New Amtrak Corridors Presentation

    The two corridors that might compete with Brightline will also be serving different areas. The point of a corridor isn't just end to end travel, it's the towns that are served in between them. And given that Brightline is having problems selling bonds for it's Vegas line, it's future is up in...
  20. sttom

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Considering how fast ridership levels recovered after 2008, I doubt ridership levels will be highly depressed 2 years after COVID, assuming everything outside of the NEC is back to it's normal schedule by then. If anything, they should be looking into getting more coaches, not less. If anything...
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