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  1. Ryan

    Large plane discussion

    Was in Tampa in January of 2019.
  2. Ryan

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    The fact that you can't imagine the need for operational flexibility says more about your imagination than the need for operational flexibility. While not common, situations that make the bypass track useful will come up when things get weird and that flexibility is going to be needed. The...
  3. Ryan

    Self-defense (on train)?

    "I know knifes aren't allowed but what are the chances of anyone finding one on me?"
  4. Ryan

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Is your claim that Amtrak did no research on meals and dining service? Based on... They didn't as you? [citation needed]
  5. Ryan

    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    No, he (correctly) pointed out that Amtrak wasn't funded to pay for all of the maintenance required to continue traveling over a section of the route. Stakeholders then stepped up to the plate to provide the needed funding. It's the same story with the COVID impacts - Amtrak isn't funded to...
  6. Ryan

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Revenue has *already* dropped. In the absence of supplemental funding from Congress to make up the difference, it's unclear what folks expect Amtrak to do.
  7. Ryan

    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    There's no rule that says that the Superliner replacement has to be multilevel. Common LD rolling stock would be a bonus.
  8. Ryan

    New Siemens Charger locomotive

    I can dig it. I like the subtle nod to the pointless arrow.
  9. Ryan

    Amtrak Customer Service Agents

    You may have also missed this part. Dude knows what he's talking about. You can choose to accept his statement at face value or not, but he doesn't owe you (or anyone else) information that he's unable to disclose. On a completely unrelated note (because I don't have inside information and...
  10. Ryan

    Electric Cars

    No, you need to jump it from something else.
  11. Ryan

    Autumn Color Express returns

    Likewise! Congrats on your graduation!
  12. Ryan

    Number of Train Sets Used for Each Long Distance Train?

    Armchair railroaders that purport to know better than Amtrak on how best to run a railroad amuse me. Thanks for folks like @Thirdrail7 for keeping it real. At the end of the day, you can optimize for 100% efficiency, but we don't live in a 100% efficient world. When things go sideways, you...
  13. Ryan

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

    There is tons of cheap uncrowded land north of central Virginia. What part of the world are you trying to get close to?
  14. Ryan

    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    That's a bit of a jump to "anti-LD trains". Put all of your funding into half of the trains and you get all the stuff back everyone complains about.
  15. Ryan

    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    What were his exact words?
  16. Ryan

    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I understand the concerns perfectly and agree with them. They're not proof of an anti-LD agenda. The food comes from Congress. The bus bridge never happened, and instead strengthened the viability of the SWC by getting funds committed to the maintenance of the route. What resources were moved...
  17. Ryan

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    I'll take that bet. Name the stakes.
  18. Ryan

    NY Times: Anderson out, William Flynn in

    I'm most excited about moving past the discussion of the made up "anti-LD agenda".
  19. Ryan

    Bedroom Pricing...

    Congrats, you've re-invented 10 year old analysis.
  20. Ryan

    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    There were a great many people who booked before the change was announced. If I'm taking a LD train at this point, it's because I have to absolutely to be somewhere else, and I'd be grateful for the ability to get there. Putting my hand out for Amtrak to "compensate me" for serving me...