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(Miami Herald)   When it comes to pulling a train, size really DOES matter   (miamiherald.com) divider line 11
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15136 clicks; posted to Main » on 06 Jan 2013 at 5:02 PM (1 year ago)   |  Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»



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ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-06 05:39:44 PM
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Why can't they just use the crossing gates to temporarily close the road the occasional times a long train is in the station?

I assume passengers can't exit except at a platform.
2013-01-06 06:04:09 PM
2 votes:

m1ke: Lol, railway travel. "I could fly out there tomorrow, but instead, I'd rather pay more than double the cost and travel by rail. I'll see you next week."


It's ideal for traveling between cities. I would gladly pay to take a train from Tallahassee to Miami or Fort Lauderdale if such a service existed. as it is, you can either drive 8 hours (which sucks because by the time you arrive you are exhausted) OR you can pay the airlines the exuberant price of $400 to fly 2 hours on a shiatty 14 passenger plane.

ideally there would be high speed train service between all the major cities in Florida. they are far enough apart to warrant it and the terrain is mostly flat. (not to mention thousands commute between them every day anyways via car). but of course our idiot governor shot down a federal grant to build such a network because fark you and give the airlines more money! that's why.
2013-01-06 05:26:19 PM
2 votes:
Wait, I'm confused.  Why can't they just use the crossing gates to temporarily close the road the occasional times a long train is in the station?
2013-01-06 05:18:03 PM
2 votes:
+1, subby, even if most people missed it.
2013-01-07 06:52:16 AM
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m1ke: Lol, railway travel. "I could fly out there tomorrow, but instead, I'd rather pay more than double the cost and travel by rail. I'll see you next week."


Odd, whenever I've traveled by train it was on par with Greyhound as far as cost. And flying always cost several hundred dollars more. If you have to book a ticket for next day, airfare can run thousands of dollars. First time I looked at flying I was looking at Boston to Indy for the next day, which was a Monday. Cheapest airfare online was about $3,000. Amtrak was about $100. And time differential was not that great, given I was going to have a layover with the "cheap" option for flying.

Dunno what flavored water folks are drinking about train travel, but I'm figuring it's all echo-chamber derp from folks who have never actually priced/timed things out. Taken Amtrak from Boston to Indy, Indy to Salt Lake City and Salt Lake City to Indy (3 months later). Every time booking a flight would have cost multiples of the train fare and ultimately maybe have shaved a few hours on the two longer trips assuming no flight delays.

And TSA is pretty much invisible to train travelers since Amtrak successfully told them to shove their intrusive, worthless security theater years back.
2013-01-06 07:01:39 PM
1 votes:

d-fens99: Challenge accepted.


Pretty sure she completed that challenge a while back.
2013-01-06 05:55:08 PM
1 votes:

Mark Ratner: Measure twice. Cut once.


Measure with a micrometer, mark with chalk, and cut with an axe.
2013-01-06 05:54:04 PM
1 votes:

Big Merl: Wait, I'm confused.  Why can't they just use the crossing gates to temporarily close the road the occasional times a long train is in the station?


Uh. could be several hours because it is the end of the line?
2013-01-06 05:36:42 PM
1 votes:
I love this headline....for so many naughty reasons.
2013-01-06 05:13:15 PM
1 votes:
Measure twice. Cut once.
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2013-01-06 03:30:10 PM
1 votes:
They are also exploring whether to build a bridge over the platform or sink the roadway below it, options which may prove unfeasible

That could be a ten million dollar option, or even higher.

That said, we have to accommodate it.

Do they really have to? Most trains are short. So tell Amtrak run short trains or skip the station.
 
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