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  1. McIntyre2K7

    Inconsistent Service: A bigger problem than the food?

    It could work if they sell the mini popcorn bags and use a very high wattage microwave. I have a 1300 watt microwave and it cooks those mini bags in 35 seconds.
  2. McIntyre2K7

    Inconsistent Service: A bigger problem than the food?

    MARC Rider is right. So basically with this you could update the Amtrak app to include a "Trackside To-Go" section where if users are on either train they can have the option to order food from any of these destinations ahead of time. I guess you would stop taking hours 90 minutes before the...
  3. McIntyre2K7

    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    That was recently sold last year to Tampa Bay Lightning Owner Jeff Vinik (his property group). The Con Agra plant that is there will be moved to an area south of Tampa...
  4. McIntyre2K7

    SunRail awarded federal funds

    I thought that extension was in the works??
  5. McIntyre2K7

    SunRail awarded federal funds

    It appears that SunRail received a grant to double track a portion of rail in Kissimmee. I've posted a link to the article below. https://www.bizjournals.com/orlando/news/2020/09/23/sunrail-receives-federal-grant-to-upgrade-south.html
  6. McIntyre2K7

    Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) Orlando Extension

    Orlando International had just over 50 million passengers last year vs Miami's 45 million. It's cheaper for the airlines to fly into Orlando as well so I could see Virgin selling a package where it would be cheaper to fly into Orlando and take the train. For example a 5 night cruise out of...
  7. McIntyre2K7

    Silver Service changes?

    I think a lot of people got around that imposed quarantine by flying to DC/PHI/BOS and then taking another form of transportation to NY/NJ/CT areas.
  8. McIntyre2K7

    Silver Service changes?

    I wonder if some of the people who would have used the Auto Train just decided to fly due to cheap flights. I know Jet Blue had really cheap flights out of the northeast to Orlando International ( From Newark $28 RT, From Philadelphia $32 RT). I guess spending 2 to 3 hours on a plane and renting...
  9. McIntyre2K7

    Silver Service changes?

    Yes, I am correct. Brighline's plan includes real estate around it's stations: Quote from the article which can be at this link Fortress investors seem poised to make a bundle on its Florida real estate, leading some observers to wonder if the private equity firm is just using its rail...
  10. McIntyre2K7

    58(10) Terminated?

    So when Amtrak terminates service are they responsible for placing the passengers in a hotel or are the passengers on their own? I ask as I've never rode on Amtrak however I plan on traveling soon.
  11. McIntyre2K7

    Brightline/Virgin Trains (FEC) Update

    43% of the Florida's Covid 19 cases are in the counties that currently Brightline serve. I wouldn't want to be the person approving to resume the service only for large amounts of my staff to catch it. I think the person backing Brightline co-owns an NBA basketball team and one of the major...
  12. McIntyre2K7

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    I don't think anyone here wants airlines to go away. However some of us (me) can't justify the airline industry getting these bailouts when Amtrak should be receiving more funding. Airlines are prefect for traveling long distances over a short period however there's a range where it's "too short...
  13. McIntyre2K7

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    They have tons of money from charging us those bag fees. If anything they change their fare pricing to attract more customers. For example you have people join a club where you pay $100/yr to join that gives you special pricing and you have to select the closest airport to you. I'll use mine...
  14. McIntyre2K7

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    I never said the government was handing out money for expansion. However the airline industry got a 25 billion dollar bailout. Delta had it's best profit ever in 2019. If they can give 25 billion to the airline industry the government can easily write a check to Amtrak. What did the airline...
  15. McIntyre2K7

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    No the answer is to request more funding. If the government is handing out money to the airlines freely then they should hand out money to Amtrak as well. I've only suggested 1 long distance route (Orlando to Chicago) and 2 short distance commuter routes (Atlanta to Savannah and Atlanta to...
  16. McIntyre2K7

    Triweekly service will be overshadowed by drop in revenue

    Maybe they get the government to get rid of that 750 mile rule. Tampa to Orlando would be nice. Don't get me wrong we have the Silver Star but the Southbound train to Miami comes a little after 12pm and the Northbound to New York comes around 5pm. You dont have the run the train hourly. Maybe...
  17. McIntyre2K7

    Virgin Trains USA (Brightline) Orlando Extension

    There's a good article in Trains Magazine regarding to how Virgin Trains USA is full steam ahead with construction of it's high speed line from West Palm Beach to Orlando. It looks they the are planning an extension to the Port of Miami as well so people can connect to Virgin's cruse ships once...
  18. McIntyre2K7

    How much would it cost for Amtrak to build their own tracks nationwide?

    Which is strange considering the amount of open land in that part of the state. There should be a Florida west coast line that runs from Miami to Atlanta using the right of way on Interstate 75. You would have stops in Naples, Ft. Myers, Sarasota, Tampa, Ocala, Gainesville. Then once it crosses...
  19. McIntyre2K7

    Silver Service changes?

    I think the Brightline trains between Tampa/Orlando/Miami would run hourly. However I wouldn't mind seeing the Sun Rail get extended to Tampa. I don't know if Hillsborough and Polk County leaders would agree to it. Basically you would have stops in Lakeland and Tampa. You can add a stop in Plant...
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