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    Transit statistics are complicated and can be misleading

    This is a question I have had for a while, that seems to come up whenever I am in a discussion trying to compare transit systems across cities. This applies for train based transit, and also for bus based transit (or even for ferry transit, where applicable). There are many types of transit, and...
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    'Miles in Transit' takes Greyhound from Boston to Seattle

    I have done Rutland Vermont to Seattle when I was 20 years old... As well as a Corvallis-> San Francisco -> Albuquerque-> Denver -> Seattle trip when I was 19. I would not recommend it, but it was an adventure at the time.
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    There are transit advocates who believe that transit is the solution to all social problems. I am a transit advocate myself, of course. But there are people who blame car culture and suburban living for all problems, and think that all social problems will be solved if we all just lived in row...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    I mentioned the amount of single family homes and low density retail (and also, I don't mention it, but there is a dental clinic visible), because I want to show what the light rail is like outside of downtown. Much of the coverage of the MAX focuses on downtown Portland and tourist spots, so...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    This is a video I took yesterday of the MAX Yellow Line in North Portland. This is an at-grade stretch of the MAX, with my video showing the main 2 mile stretch of it, with stops every half mile. I talk about this in the video, but one of the things I wanted to show was that while many...
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    Is Amtrak allowed to have "Commuter Rail" service?

    These answers have clarified things for me, thank you. So it seems like there is no legal or regulatory difference between an intercity and commuter line, at least in practice? And that Amtrak is somewhat flexible in offering different levels of service, and that it mostly offers the type of...
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    Is Amtrak allowed to have "Commuter Rail" service?

    I didn't know where else to ask this, and this might seem like a silly question, but I was wondering how much of the type of service that Amtrak has is required by regulation. All Amtrak trains, whether corridor service or cross-country trips, have certain things in common. You need to buy...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    Yesterday, I went to Eugene again: This is actually the only "round trip" I can do by train from where I am, and would give me 2.5 hours in Eugene. But today, the train was late, and instead I only had 90 minutes there. And also, on that day, forest fire smoke started to fill the city. So all...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    https://www.portlandmercury.com/news/2022/08/29/45984462/trimet-unveils-a-new-frequent-bus-line-following-historic-service-cuts TriMet is about to open a new BRT line, along Division, between downtown Portland and Gresham. This will replace the #2 Division bus, which is one of TriMets most...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    I can't remember when exactly the Tualatin Stop got on the Amtrak Cascades schedule. I imagine it has some good reasons, and bad reasons for being there. The good reasons are, it is quite a ways from Portland, and even though it is theoretically possible to get back to the Tualatin area from...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    This is a video I made of myself in downtown and central Portland: Not all of it is transit-related, but significant parts of it are. (And even the parts that aren't, are related indirectly) There are two things that are probably the most important. The first is the Portland Streetcar, which...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    I took a trip to Portland the other day (I made a video, which I will put in my thread for the Portland MAX), and I took an Amtrak Thruway bus to get there. The Amtrak Cascades goes up the East side of the valley, while the Thruway goes up I-5. It stops in Woodburn and at the Tualatin Park and...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    Yesterday, I went to Eugene again---the Amtrak Cascades runs frequently enough that I can make semi-convenient daytrips down to Eugene. I can leave Albany at noon, stay there for a few hours, then come back on a Thruway bus. As I have commented, the Amtrak Cascades is easy enough for someone who...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    I haven't been to the northernmost coast this year, but I probably should go. For travellers, the buses to the northcoast are more integrated with the Amtrak system, and more geared towards tourists. So the bus from Union Station to Astoria has all the luggage handling of any Amtrak thruway...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    This is Yachats, Oregon. This is in many ways the "last town" on the Northern Oregon Coast, before a 20 mile stretch of rocky, almost uninhabited coastline before Florence. This is also the last town in Lincoln County, Oregon, which parallels most of the Willamette Valley. I got here by taking...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    Sorry, I forgot to answer this question. I actually have four cameras --- my Android (which I used for videos before May, mostly), a flip phone (which is good for when my other cameras have run out of battery), a Nikon camera (which is water and shock proof, and which I use to take mostly stills...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    Well, in this case, I was referring to an intermediate distance line, a county line that goes between cities, so it wouldn't have a route number. And it having a sign, and a shelter, would be much more important, because it only runs about five times a day. But in general, you are right--- in...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    Yesterday, I walked across the Columbia River bridge, between Portland and Oregon: One mistake I made in this video: I didn't specifically talk about how the light rail bridge would most likely be a separate, parallel span next to the replacement bridge. But hopefully this video demonstrates a...
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    Various short trips around the Willamette Valley:

    That is some interesting history, and puts things in perspective. It is also interesting that 40 or 50 years ago, when the region was much less populated, and wasn't a tourist center, that it had more options than it has today. I think a big part of it is that a lot of suburban areas are in...
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    All About the Portland MAX (and associated Transit)

    When I went to Waldport, the bus stopped outside of Ray's Market. No sign, no shelter, not even a bench. On one hand, I can understand if a small town or county doesn't have a lot of money, but also I think it is often assumed that the people who are using the bus are locals and that they just...
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