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  1. sttom

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

    One development I've seen with desalination or at least potential technology is to use the designs of a solar thermal power plants as a way to boil ocean water and desalinate that way. The Saudis have even put money behind it so it might become viable in the next few years. The problem here in...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    Other than the Delta Tunnels that politically died when Brown left office, no. Plenty of people have ideas, me included, but if there is one thing I have learned from going on lobby days in Sacramento is that they don't really care what we have to think. I have talked with at least a dozen...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    The problem here in California is that the state government doesn't have much of an appetite to do anything. This isn't the days of Pat Brown and the State Water Project, these are the days of the Austerity Democrats. At least when it comes to big infrastructure projects outside of highways or...
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    Brightline, "conservative" policy, and the future of rail

    When it comes to talking with conservatives about the value of rail travel, I was able to get some of my conservatives friends to agree that funding Amtrak on par with the interstate highways is worthwhile. Which would be paying for capital expenditures and operation costs. I was able to do this...
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    1975 Intercity Bus Study

    Thank you
  6. sttom

    Greyhound Canada to cease operations

    If I do yes. I was planning on doing that if I had the honor of caring for the report. I feel like it's the least I could do.
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    What features are important in a sleeper

    Since when do we not derail to the main topic?
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    How were Intercity Bus Conpanies Regulated in the US

    I've been trying to read about how intercity bus companies like Greyhound and Trailways were regulated before they were deregulated in the 1980s. The best I can find is some reference to "franchising" but no details on how such a system worked. I can find plenty of things saying how great...
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    Greyhound Canada to cease operations

    I know this is a bit late, but is there anywhere I could find a PDF of the study? I would be very interested in reading it if I could and have had trouble finding anything related to it on my own.
  10. sttom

    Ugliest and Soul-less Amtrak Stations Used in Metropolises Today

    I nominated then for souless, not ugly.
  11. sttom

    Nostalgic and Historic Amtrak Stations Still Used Today

    I would add the Sacramento Station to the list. I know they're attempting to make it more of a feature which could be nice. I just don't like that they might not keep using it in the long run.
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    Ugliest and Soul-less Amtrak Stations Used in Metropolises Today

    I consider "modern" commuter stops souless. Modern doesn't mean it looks good. I wouldn't consider a BART station good either. And that's basically what Vacaville station is.
  13. sttom

    Ugliest and Soul-less Amtrak Stations Used in Metropolises Today

    I'd nominate the Vacaville, CA station for souless. It's basically the train version of a bus stop.
  14. sttom

    What features are important in a sleeper

    For me it depends on why I'm riding. If I'm riding for transportation, I'd be fine with a section just so I can lay down. Capacity is also a big one. Amtrak needs more trains running so the prices don't get outrageous. As for quality, I've heard people complain about the quality of the bed and...
  15. sttom

    Senate has passed the 2021 Infrastructure Bill

    There is also the fun situation where two competing bills are introduced in both Houses and they have to go to a conference committee to hammer out the differences, then both Houses have to pass the joint bill before it goes to the President.
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    Does Amtrak Have a "Last Mile" problem on corridor routes?

    The biggest station to me is Sacramento, and they have an light rail stop at the station, so that makes a good connection along with a Holiday Inn about a block away. I personally don't think transit connections are a make or break deal for most people when it comes to choosing Amtrak over...
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    Does Amtrak Have a "Last Mile" problem on corridor routes?

    The main problem with transportation to and from trains stations is the quality of the local transit. One of the things I wished would be brought up is pushing a consistent levels of service for public transit. This would require the states taking public transit as seriously as education (yeah I...
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    Boeing 707 Promo Film from 1960

    The 707 was very clearly the piece of technology that killed off long distance passenger service. Well its what held its head under until the bubbles stopped. Cars hurt the railroads, jets took the first class, long distance customers away. The thing I wonder is Zoom and other teleconferencing...
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    Another dubious article

    Unfortunately, Elon doesn't want to do anything useful with the proposed technology at the present time. So either someone will have to redevelop it or he'd have to be out of the picture. Cause at the present moment, we only have one being built and not any in serious consideration last I heard...
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    Another dubious article

    It's one thing to over look and it's another to splash reality on people's faces like cold water. Which is what I'm doing. Saying tunnel boring would be cheaper if we dug a lot of them and built them all to one loading guage isn't innovation, it's economies of scale. The Boring company has made...
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