- Aug 19, 2018
It seems like these route proposals get tossed around and an eventual service never starts. Maybe this will end differently.
I absolutely agree with you. The video was a positive surprise as state cooperation is considered in rail projects, even among Republicans.The Atlanta Nashville route would have a better potential if it was extended to Memphis or Indianapolis. The service from Bristol would connect to her northeast. Ideally that route would be extended to Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Imho connections to other states and parts of the country are key to success.
The Atlanta Nashville route would have a better potential if it was extended to Memphis or Indianapolis. The service from Bristol would connect to her northeast. Ideally that route would be extended to Knoxville, Nashville and Memphis. Imho connections to other states and parts of the country are key to success.
I agree. Brunswick ME to Boston is 3 hours 20 min on the train vs. 2 1/2 hours driving but only a lunatic would consider driving in downtown Boston. Plus you need to take out a 2nd mortgage to afford to pay for your parking there.There seems to be some fixation about comparing train time with driving time on the interstates. That may be worth thinking about, but consider that Pittsburgh to Harrisburg us 3 - 3/13 hours by driving the Turnpike, whereas the Pennsylvanian takes 5 hours 20 minutes. Yet the Pennsylvanian does a good business, and, in fact, the state of Pennsylvania is now in talks with NS and Amtrak to for a second frequency. This is a route with major mountains and curves, too.
Speed isn't everything, and the Pennsylvanian serves additional small towns along the route that have no other public transportation, as well as people who can't or won't drive. And while most of the drive might be fast on an interstate, the driving around once you get to one of the large cities can be slow and stressful.
Atlanta's growth might make that feasible, especially with the growing number of transplants from rail-positive cities in the north and midwest.That Amtrak connects diagram if implemented means a proper station in Atlanta. Nothing much can happen until that happens.
I do it all the time now. I just use my work data. My company is more than happy for me to be working while commuting/ traveling using their data plan as opposed to “windshield time” where working is dangerous.In regard to car vs. train travel time, I would keep in mind all the people whose work lives now include work-from-home. If Amtrak can ever make wifi reliable, you can spend your travel day working on the train instead of taking a day off.
I guess you could call that train the "Crescent Star Eagle".I would throw a section of what I call the Crescent Star into the game. It would drop down the Silver Star's route to Columbia from New York, cross over to Augusta on the NS R line (light freight traffic), onto the Georgia Railroad (CSX Light Traffic), and jump back onto NS in Atlanta to go to Birmingham, and Meridian. But here is where I would differ I would then shoot the train out over to Dallas via Jackson, and Shreveport.
There are several non-ideal locations. Alanta airport, East Point, Several locations east of downtown, Doraville. The only location really useable is downtown at the Union station - Terminal station with a balloon track to allow quick turn arounds for NE to north and to west trains. Example Crescent which does not go to downtown Atlanta..ouAuTo be of any practical use, MARTA would have to have an intermodal Amtrak station, just like it has a stop inside the airport. Where would that be?
I'll never understand how people compare modes with the cost of driving including only fuel. Maintenance, parking, tolls, insurance, registration, crashes, all that adds up and contributes to a higher per mile cost. No way a 300 mile trip costs $75 with gas at $5/gallon.For ATL - Nashville is about 300 miles, Potential passengers would have an older car at best able to do 20 miles per gallon. = 15 gallons. Gasoline in a few months will probably be $5.00 / Gallon. = $75.00. So if fares could be around $50.00 for 1 or 2 persons then if a potential passenger can make first mile / last mile easy then you will get that passenger on Amtrak.
How many persons every day that would use this service is a great unknown. Also, the intermediate cities of Murfreesboro, Arnold, Chattanooga, Dalton, Austell or Mariettas may provide some? Then if times are correct connections to Crescent will provide a few passengers each day.
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