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  1. Ryan

    Crescent schedule performance

    His point sailed over your head. You’re focused on delays at Atlanta and points north. The cause of those delays are on the other side of Atlanta. It’s not like the train arrives on time in Atlanta and then sits there for hours.
  2. Ryan

    Southwest Chief derailment

    Generally, you are correct. In this specific case several windows had to be broken out https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/06/29/boy-scout-amtrak-train-derailment/?fbclid=IwAR37tRCvRydNo4gNhhLD8Ne_Anhtjn2_PiGdrqtKOHlGcvi-2Ayrn1heVno
  3. Ryan

    Brightline Florida update

    You answered your own question there.
  4. Ryan

    Suggestions on how to make a tight connection

    It's a lot harder to go talk to the engineer. ;)
  5. Ryan

    Questions about getting to DC from Newark Airport

    This page has car layouts for Regional Business and Acela First. On the Regionals, the non-business car layouts are basically the same, there are just more seats. The luggage rack is at the top left in the grey box next to the restroom.
  6. Ryan

    Questions about getting to DC from Newark Airport

    I don't have enough experience on an Acela to answer, but know that there is sufficient space at the end of the cars on the Northeast Regional trains to capture your gear. As for the rest of your questions, I don't think that Business Class would help in either of those areas. Personally, I...
  7. Ryan

    Equipment going forward

    Viewliners are rotated in NY so that cars that need to go south can hitch a ride. No reason the same couldn't happen for a single level Cap.
  8. Ryan

    Equipment going forward

    Would agree that the Cap is the right train. Don't really need the run through, any equipment that needs to head down can deadhead.
  9. Ryan

    Questions about getting to DC from Newark Airport

    I'm going to buck the crowd and say that if you can move with all of your gear at once, there is no problem in taking the train. Regionals have space at the end of cars for bags, and you can make it work if you have a mind to do so.
  10. Ryan

    Suggestions on how to make a tight connection

    Having travelled on split reservations and spoken with folks about what would happen, this is factually incorrect. You'd be treated just as any other misconnecting passenger.
  11. Ryan

    Cannabis testing and its effects on Amtrak hiring

    We almost certainly are. The problem comes down to the fact that there is a correlation between BAC and level of impairment that doesn't exist for THC. This link has tons of entertaining reading on the topic...
  12. Ryan

    New President of Amtrak

    The skepticism was that it went to something other than "operations, staff salaries, catching up a backlog of maintenance". If it all went to operations and staff salaries (because revenue dropped to near-zero there for a while), then it could have been all used on the first two without the...
  13. Ryan

    New President of Amtrak

    How do you know that it didn't go to those things?
  14. Ryan

    New President of Amtrak

    if you're in the salt mine fixing nuts and bolts as the CEO or President, you're Doing It Wrong. You hire good people that know what they're doing to do it right. But your job at the top of the heap isn't to do people's jobs for them (and in my experience, having a fresh set of eyes and asking...
  15. Ryan

    Environmental Research paper help: Could we extend the Auto-Train to Chicago, Boston, Montreal and New York?

    The problem with ships is they are sloooooooowwwwwwww. At 20 knots (which is on the faster side), New Bedford to Cape Henry is almost 24 hours, plus at least another 2-3 hours to get into Hampton Roads and tied to a berth somewhere. Cape Henry to Jacksonville is even worse at closer to 30...
  16. Ryan

    New President of Amtrak

    That's an awfully broad stereotype you have there.
  17. Ryan

    New President of Amtrak

    This "airline guy" crap is really tiresome. Executive leadership is executive leadership, and there's nothing magical about trains that requires one to have spent their entire career in trains to make an effective leader of Amtrak. Once upon a time, in a land far away, I was made the ASW...
  18. Ryan

    Amtrak Siemens Charger locomotive (SC44, ALC42, ALC42E)

    Casual observers have no idea what the locomotives are other than perhaps "that one looks new".
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