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  1. Tlcooper93

    Amtrak Dining and Cafe service discussion 2024 Q1

    Acela served on plastic plates for the majority of COVID times - much like LD traditional dining. I understand they are different products - that's really neither here nor there. Given what tickets cost on LD trains, and that dining is a significantly more important aspect of that trip and...
  2. Tlcooper93

    Amtrak Dining and Cafe service discussion 2024 Q1

    Any particular reason why Acela gets real plates and silverware but LD trains aren't doing that yet (unless there is new information to me).
  3. Tlcooper93

    Amtrak Dining and Cafe service discussion 2024 Q1

    Not sure if this is the right place to post this since the re-organization but: I took a round trip to NYC the past couple days from BOS and experienced Acela first dining. Wow. The last trip I took was in the fall (before that in 2022). What a massive improvement in quality of food - for...
  4. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    Boy I really like Eng. it’s never good to place too much faith in one person, especially with a set of problems as big as the T, but it really seems like he knows what he’s doing. I especially appreciated his enthusiasm to meet with planners early - to me, this is critical at making p...
  5. Tlcooper93

    AS Flight1282: Another Boeing 737 MAX crisis

    In Doha, we walked down stairs from a 777 at a remote stand. Must be quite a sight to walk down from a 747.
  6. Tlcooper93

    The joys of driving

    I think my enjoyment, in general, of cars, and driving them, would go up if it wasn’t forced upon us. Objectively speaking, cars are hella awesome. There’s no denying that driving a super nice German or Italian car (or in this case, a Tesla or electric equivalent) when it is a true choice, and...
  7. Tlcooper93

    Brightline Trains Florida discussion 2024 Q1

    If this doesn't merit an entirely separate thread, I understand, but I figured it was worth a try. Its hard to discuss BL Florida without touching up the hundreds of grade crossings between Miami and Coco. Whenever I look at a map of the BL route, I see so much redundancy. Sometimes there are...
  8. Tlcooper93

    Electric and Hybrid road vehicles

    I’m actually quite fed up with this false narrative that most people prefer cars all the time and that that number is increasing. It’s completely lacks evidence, and beyond North America, where cars are pushed upon us because of antiquated and draconian land use policies, it’s untrue. In Europe...
  9. Tlcooper93

    Electric and Hybrid road vehicles

    Not sure I agree that Asia is somehow experiencing a massive modal shift away from public transit to cars. The rule of price + time is universal. People will generally take the fastest and cheapest travel to their destination, regardless of who they have to travel with. This shift you claim is...
  10. Tlcooper93

    NH Native

    Ugh, don't hold your breath. But I guess I'm a pessimist when it comes to transportation change in this country. Welcome from just across the border anyhow! AU is filled with endlessly knowledgeable people when it comes to rail!
  11. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    Perhaps you've heard or read otherwise (please say if you have), but I though MA was currently rather flush with cash, especially since new tax measures implemented last year.
  12. Tlcooper93

    Proposed Boston-Concord NH Route

    While I would question the philosophical premise of any form of transportation making money, let alone using that as a metric for anything meaningful in the USA, what is being discussed here is Amtrak running a new service to Concord and beyond, not the MBTA. NH’s antiquated, and unfounded...
  13. Tlcooper93

    Proposed Boston-Concord NH Route

    Curious how you come to this conclusion.
  14. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    https://www.bostonherald.com/2024/01/17/maura-healey-says-mbta-operations-funding-to-double-in-first-yearly-speech/
  15. Tlcooper93

    Brightline Trains Florida discussion 2024 Q1

    I haven’t done really any brightline research. Are there any plans to eliminate some of the more crucial grade crossings? I know it’s utterly impossible to do all of them as they’re in the hundreds, but what would it take to improve this now major passenger corridor, grade crossing wise? I...
  16. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    It’s possible - I was really just brainstorming alleviation ideas for fresh pond area. Of course, the quickest, and likeliest, fix is to add an infill station at alewife. One used to exist anyways. The Cambridge Watertown bike path is great. It’s grade separated. It’s also basically a path from...
  17. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    I also found a Taylor sq station to be quite odd - I live about a 5 minute walk from the fire station. Completely ignoring the fact that this station would get NIMBY’d half way to China, the station wouldn’t exactly serve a lot of people. A much better idea is to have a train follow the old...
  18. Tlcooper93

    MBTA (Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority) discussion

    Saw this on Reddit - a man can dream… Fresh pond is in desperate need of a more feasible rail link. Given that it was built before any of the recent development, Alewife is not adequate, especially due to the lack of a cycle/pedestrian bridge over the Fitchburg ROW. The traffic around the area...
  19. Tlcooper93

    Japan’s railway manners

    Had a similar experience from Okayama to Kyoto. We reserved a Nozomi at 8:45 but boarded the train that was currently on our track at 8:42. When the train began to move, I assumed we were leaving early (silly me, this isn’t America). In rush our, I guess three minute headways are possible on a...
  20. Tlcooper93

    Japan Trip

    Onsens are Japanese hot springs! They are quite a bit hotter than your average spring in NA. The public springs are often close to 45 degrees centigrade. Our hotel cooled ours to 40. The streets in Nozawa Onsen were quite hilly. To avoid icing, they were equipped with onsen sprinklers which...
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