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  1. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    Here are a few pictures from the Chicago yard this afternoon.
  2. brianpmcdonnell17

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    It's still unknown whether the cuts will take effect or not. The House passed legislation which would have prevented the cuts but it is stalled in the Senate.
  3. brianpmcdonnell17

    Amtrak Line Plans FY20-25 Released

    As you said, it is next to "Growing the Network", so I wouldn't worry much about it, although it is a strange graphic without a clear explanation. If it was in an LD specific section it would be concerning but there's no way the lines on the map is what is envisioned as the entire system. It...
  4. brianpmcdonnell17

    Does the Crescent stop in Mobile, Alabama?

    There is a thruway bus from New Orleans and Jackson to Mobile, but no connections are available to the Crescent. If you are coming from somewhere in the Northeast, you could go via Chicago and the CONO to connect to the bus. The buses are operated by Greyhound, but not all Greyhound buses are...
  5. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The cars for California are organized in trainsets and have a different floor height than the bi-levels so they will not be mixed together. The Midwest cars are organized into married pairs as well as some individual cars so probably could be mixed with Amfleets and Horizons, but I don't know if...
  6. brianpmcdonnell17

    Unreserved Tickets

    When did that take effect? I ask because the ticket includes a notice of the latest mask requirement but is still listed as unreserved and has blackout dates listed.
  7. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The average rider does put more emphasis on "inside cleanliness and comfort", but that doesn't mean the outside appearance isn't relevant. The outside appearance could factor in to whether someone even considers traveling by train and researching the interior in the first place. The exact color...
  8. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The issue isn't on time performance and reliability. Appearance is more important some transit modes than others. For example, people would think twice about travelling on an ugly cruise ship, but don't care much about the paint schemes of the NYC Subway. Metra is a long established functional...
  9. brianpmcdonnell17

    Unreserved Tickets

    How long are unreserved tickets usable from the departure date listed on the ticket? I bought a ticket for the Pacific Surfliner in coach and need to push the travel date back by about a week, so do I need to change the reservation? I have used unreserved tickets on the Hiawatha before, but...
  10. brianpmcdonnell17

    Miami Airport Station

    Downtown would be great from a passenger perspective but the station is not capable of handling an LD train and would require a very long backup move to get to the yard in Hialeah. The airport station is capable of handling LD trains, would require a shorter and simpler backup move, and even has...
  11. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    The route is too long to get from the SF Bay Area to Seattle in one day. A second overnight would be possible, but would put Portland in the middle of the night and eliminate the scenic appeal of the trip. If they could get the freight railroad to approve (which is doubtful), I'd like to see the...
  12. brianpmcdonnell17

    Sumitomo/Siemens Contract for 137 Cars (former bi-levels)

    There also wouldn't be that many stations to cut. South of Santa Barbara, there is already frequent service so the CS could skip stations now without the Coast Daylight if that was desired. In between Santa Barbara and San Jose, there are currently only three Coast Starlight stations, with San...
  13. brianpmcdonnell17

    Brightline takes over XPress West!

    The alignment and structure is most of what makes the project so expensive, so lowering the speed on the same alignment wouldn't save much money relative to the overall cost but could significantly lower the passenger appeal.
  14. brianpmcdonnell17

    WSDOT retiring, selling Talgo trainsets, not acquiring "Wisconsin" trainsets yet

    They are shortening the consists so when combined with removed cars from the Wisconsin sets an entire new set can be formed.
  15. brianpmcdonnell17

    CZ Modified Trip (8/29) - Departure out of DEN shifted

    The announcement from Amtrak mentions that Salt Lake City will not have westbound service on certain days, but does not mention any other stations losing service so I would assume the train will continue to operate the normal route.
  16. brianpmcdonnell17

    Silver Service changes?

    It's not as simple as just running a shorter route. As such a route would be under 750 miles, state funding would be necessary. In addition, servicing facilities would need to be available at the terminals. If Amtrak is honestly cutting back frequencies to save money, then such a train would...
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    Silver Service changes?

    The conductor on the train would know the schedule for the connecting train so can contact the other train if it appears the connection will be missed. For example, I was once on a 92 which was running about two hours late and there was a passenger bound for Wilson via a connection to 80. The...
  18. brianpmcdonnell17

    Silver Service changes?

    The RPA has a data sheet for each route which lists ridership for each station. They are available at this link: Amtrak Ridership Statistics | Rail Passengers Association | Washington, DC
  19. brianpmcdonnell17

    City of New Orleans routing

    Again, I'm not advocating changing the routes of those trains. In fact, the fastest routings for the CZ and SWC would bypass Denver and Albuquerque, which would also drastically limit their use for transportation. Personally, I also ride trains for the scenery and experience. However, most...
  20. brianpmcdonnell17

    Service Reductions effective October 1

    Some Midwest corridor routes operate with a locomotive on each end as you describe. It is the standard procedure for the Blue Water and is used sometimes on the Hiawatha instead of one locomotive and one NPCU. When I have been on the Wolverine, depending on the trip it has either had a...
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