electricron wrote: ↑Wed May 31, 2023 12:45 am Elapse time of two and a half hours to travel ~150 miles only averages ~60 mph.Because in this country that requires billions of dollars that states don’t have/don’t want to spend for new lines. It makes perfect sense not to support that and I absolutely agree with it every time, especially in places where preserved ROW’s or operating lines exist. Suggesting that all of these services need to be speedy is putting the cart before the horse, and putting the cart before the wheels as well. You’re not going anywhere even with a jumpstart by putting up a gigantic price tag.
Why does Amtrak keep suggesting starting a new passenger train service with so slow speeds?
I read 90 mph max speeds in that article, but for how long?
The rightful goal for Amtrak is not to beat planes, or to beat cars, but to provide an alternate transport reliably, and comfortably, and in the interim, acquire and upgrade what’s available. Who needs to get between Duluth and the twin cities within an hour? Why?
What’s going to make everyone in the state of Minnesota happier? A 2 and 1/2 hour service that doesn’t exceed budget proposals, can actually be a reasonable alternate transport, and runs reliably? Or a money pit that costs several billion dollars and countless more years and decades just to get there 30 minutes faster?
I’d wager the former.