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First time to ride Brightline today on a free round trip promo.

By the way, don't go to the platform until the train is called. Don't ask me how I know.

This country is frustrating. Either all access to everyone, ticketed or not or airline TSA Fort Knox. What's the harm in allowing ticketed folks to the platform early? I'm all about order, but hypercontrol is irritating.

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These are the street legal golf carts to get you the last mile if you pay extra.

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The tail end of Brightline Green

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Interesting ramp to mind the gap.
 
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Ain't gonna lie. It's going to hopefully attract many people. As for me, I found it too uncomfortable. So much so I decided to turn around and go back to WPB when I got to FLL.

Seats were hard. Recline didn't seem to work but I think I figured it out. Very warm cabin with no air gaspers.

Some employees were super nice, others seemed to be ambivalent to their surroundings.

I just can't see myself sitting there for 3 1/2 hours in Select class from Miami to MCO.

Which is a shame. I hope they succeed. I hope they grow. But for now, I think I'm really looking forward to my annual ride on the Piedmont with my grandkids.
 
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Re VentureForth’s post about the seats-

I can’t tell if you were in a trainset with the new seats or the old seats. When I rode last week I had a set with the old and a set with the new. I found the new seats to be far more comfortable than the old.

I also had an issue getting the recline to work (with the new seats), and had to play with it for a few minutes before it finally worked.
 

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Ain't gonna lie. It's going to hopefully attract many people. As for me, I found it too uncomfortable. So much so I decided to turn around and go back to WPB when I got to FLL.

Seats were hard. Recline didn't seem to work but I think I figured it out. Very warm cabin with no air gaspers.

Some employees were super nice, others seemed to be ambivalent to their surroundings.

I just can't see myself sitting there for 3 1/2 hours in Select class from Miami to MCO.

Which is a shame. I hope they succeed. I hope they grow. But for now, I think I'm really looking forward to my annual ride on the Piedmont with my grandkids.
I'm sad to hear that. I've not managed to ride myself yet (it's a bit off my beaten track) but I was hoping this would be a flagship project that could show how rail is done properly and can inspire others (whether private or not).

I hope they listen to passengers and get the issues sorted sooner rather than later.
 

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I can’t tell if you were in a trainset with the new seats or the old seats. When I rode last week I had a set with the old and a set with the new. I found the new seats to be far more comfortable than the old.

I also had an issue getting the recline to work (with the new seats), and had to play with it for a few minutes before it finally worked.
I rode Green and Pink, whatever category that put them in. I finally got the seat to recline on Pink but it was less useful than recline on a Spirit jet.

I'm sad to hear that. I've not managed to ride myself yet (it's a bit off my beaten track) but I was hoping this would be a flagship project that could show how rail is done properly and can inspire others (whether private or not).

I hope they listen to passengers and get the issues sorted sooner rather than later.
Me, too. No way I could handle a 3 hour ride from Miami to Orlando much less 5 hours to Tampa.

It's been a long time since I've been on the Shinkansen, but I don't think there was a recline feature, but the cloth seats seemed softer.

And it's not the leather, either. I recall being quite ok with most Bombardier commuter sets. Idk... just not what I hoped for. I hope you are right that they figured this out and have already addressed it.
 
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I rode Green and Pink, whatever category that put them in. I finally got the seat to recline on Pink but it was less useful than recline on a Spirit jet.


Me, too. No way I could handle a 3 hour ride from Miami to Orlando much less 5 hours to Tampa.

It's been a long time since I've been on the Shinkansen, but I think there was no recline, but the cloth seats seemed softer.

And it's not the leather, either. I recall being quite ok with most Bombardier commuter sets. Idk... just not what I hoped for. I hope you are right that they figured this out and have already addressed it.
I just hope Amtrak's interiors are better, one of the (few?) good things about Amtrak coach is the large, comfortable seats.
 

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I rode Green and Pink, whatever category that put them in. I finally got the seat to recline on Pink but it was less useful than recline on a Spirit jet.
Green was the set I was on that had new seats (and a malfunctioning recline). I found them to be more comfortable, my mother did not. Guess I’m in the minority on this one :p
 

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Green was the set I was on that had new seats (and a malfunctioning recline). I found them to be more comfortable, my mother did not. Guess I’m in the minority on this one :p
It seems odd to me that they should be throwing out seats on sets that are still so new and low mileage. It would suggest there was something wrong with them.
 

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It seems odd to me that they should be throwing out seats on sets that are still so new and low mileage. It would suggest there was something wrong with them.
I don't know that they are being thrown out, but I would support that if they are not comfortable. Of course, I could be in the minority along with Chrsjrcj's mom. 😁

They've had nearly a year of usage prior to Covid, and the alleged "more comfortable" seats on Green could have been installed that way based on customer feedback. That being said, I don't have a clue in which order the trainsets were delivered.
 

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Getting back to this...



Oh, Walt had no sense of cost control. He was totally going for stuff which was not reasonably priced or financially justifiable. Style first!
Yeah...between my brother and I, I'm the one who figures out how to make the household budget work. There's a reason I'll sarcastically call him Walt when he goes off and does something "cool but not in the budget" (usually met with "Alright, Roy...").

To be fair, Disney World was likely always going to be a success and he did plan additional resorts early on to make the numbers work well.

[Now, whether the EPCOT concept could have ever been made to work is an open question. I think there was something there, but not quite as Walt saw it.]
 
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