- Mar 5, 2016
Yeah, I get that - By shifting those endpoints by a little bit, you can swing those times to favor one mode over another. At the end of the day, the fastest travel mode is deeply personal.Ryan, in the case of The Points Guys trip... They all started at one place and ended at the same place.
Based on past results, I feel it should be served with a reduced set but that's logistically impossible. This route would be better served by using a Sprinter and two or three coaches configured for business class and a lounge car and run under the Acela name since 125-mph operation is probably fine given the short available stretch of 135-mph track. However, that would dilute or at least add confusion to the Acela brand which Amtrak has done a great job of cultivating (and fortunately [IMHO] will continue to do so by naming the new sets 'Acela 21').Will this non-stop be a scaled down Acela train set, to support the lower passenger loads? Will this extra train (if it is), affect the financial success of the multi-stop Acelas? Is the actual intent of this "experiment" to test whether it draws passengers away from the DC-NYC air route?. IMO, NYC-DC commuters are not going to adjust their working schedules/patterns to take this non-stop. I give it 1 Year, unless they add PHL.
Anyone flying out of Newark Airport would avoid this nonstop due to the backtrack to NY Penn; they'd want Newark-DC. So you can forget those.(1) Yes, it is an additional train.
(2) The train won't be scaled down. The sets are effectively fixed sets. Breaking up a set would require dedicating one of the sets to this service (and then you'd have a spare Acela car to do...something...with).
I think the test is more complicated than what you described. Yes, most of the ridership will be coming from planes (there's currently about 130-200 seats/hour on the DCA-LGA run between AA and DL; EWR and JFK add some to the mix as well)
Nor do I (and the frequent travelers that will patronize this train) to board an aircraft.And you don't have to disrobe and take off your shoes to board a train.
I agree. A very significant proportion of people flying to EWR from the catchment area for Washington Union Station are doing so for connecting flights, and those people are not going to change over to Acelas of any sort - no through ticketing, no through checked baggage etc. etc.). Those who are flying to EWR to go to Manhattan would be the target audience of the faster Acela service, though I am not sure 20 minute speedup will attract their attention that much.I’m a little confused why some people think passengers with flights out of EWR is a target market for this nonstop run.
Precheck is great.Nor do I (and the frequent travelers that will patronize this train) to board an aircraft.
Last Sunday evening I walked into BWI, dropped my checked bag at the counter, stood in a ~10 person deep line at security, dropped my bag on the belt to go through the scanner, walked through a metal detector, picked up my bag and was at the gate in about 15 minutes. I fly roughly 1-2 times/month, and the routine is a typical one. Easy as pie with none of the alleged groping, stripping, or other unpleasantness that people that claim never to fly routinely complain about.
Yep, Paidcheck is great...until it's not. Arbitrary lane closures and newbie confusion mean it's not always as fast and smooth as you'd think. When the Paidcheck lane is closed it's back to unpacking your private liquids and personal electronics into a series of grubby bins, clean socks on sticky floors, and millimeter wave scanners that seem to result in a contraband pat-down around 90% of the time (for me).Precheck is great. Unless its 8pm, the precheck line is closed, and your sent through the big line with the masses, which means laptop out and more sensitive metal detectors
That would be a little risky for the TSA if some people in the "regular line" are treated differently than all the others in the same line, just because they are Precheck, card or no card. That might cause an "insurrection" if some passengers see others sailing through when they don't. At least, if it's a separate line, there's some distinction and everyone in one particular line is treated the same way...Yeah...I'd at least like to see a requirement that, if the precheck lane is closed then precheck benefits still have to be extended (I know some airports give you a card when you enter the security line to hand over and not have to do all of the who-struck-John). It was maddening as hell when, at Virgin America's terminal at LAX, precheck would be closed (or when I showed up at IAD one evening and they didn't have precheck open since most of the flights were in an international evening flight bank with non-participating airlines).
(This isn't to say that I have less contempt for the TSA even with said thing; if anything, I have greater contempt for having gone through the Nexus screening process and I still occasionally don't get what I paid for.)
Per-person Paidcheck Lite cards have been in circulation for at least a few years now. I've only experienced the worn shoes and metal detector benefit but that sill saves me from the disgusting floors and unwanted pat-down experience after the wave scanner puts a contraband target somewhere on my person. I think the main reason the card doesn't provide luggage benefits is because the TSA can't be bothered to keep carry-on luggage in sync with the progress of the passenger who brought it. Whenever the TSA asks me if my luggage has ever been out of my sight or in the possession of a stranger I try to explain that the only time this ever happens is when it's in their possession.That would be a little risky for the TSA if some people in the "regular line" are treated differently than all the others in the same line, just because they are Precheck, card or no card. That might cause an "insurrection" if some passengers see others sailing through when they don't. At least, if it's a separate line, there's some distinction and everyone in one particular line is treated the same way...
Now that you mention it, I think there might actually be an issue with NYP-PHL crowding out NYP-WAS traffic. Ditto "overlap" traffic from BOS, etc. to Newark (knocking out NYP-WAS/NYP-PHL traffic due to a painfully short overlap).Does Amtrak believe they are currently losing revenue by one small section of a route selling out is preventing end to end passengers purchasing tickets resulting in a coach being 60% full for 80% of the trip and 100% capacity for 20% where as a none stop service could run at 90% capacity for 100% of the trip?