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Old 10-23-2016, 03:31 PM
 
Location: Columbia, SC
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Lmao no worries, plenty of other quicky/afternoon delight
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The Delta Motel, most likely, lol.
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Old 10-23-2016, 04:57 PM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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I saw a huge Brookland Sign at the empty plot by the river. It says coming soon on it this is exciting to see that land finally getting the build it deserves.
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Old 10-24-2016, 08:27 PM
 
Location: Columbia,SC
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I'm curious would it be cheaper for Columbia to get a Diesel Powered Commuter Train kinda like the Tri Rail in Florida. With something like that you wouldn't have to worry about building both new rails or electric lines. Only build would be the Stations.
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Old 10-25-2016, 10:10 AM
 
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It would most likely cost over $100 Million to even do a minimal diesel route. There is no proof of demand for such a product either. When transit is forced upon people, it just gives anti-transit conservatives more fodder for their fire.

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I would much rather see a reconstructed Assembly Street and Huger Street paired with some type of electric bus or trolley that would transport people at a fairly high capacity around downtown and encourage people to make one trip to the downtown district.
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Old 10-26-2016, 09:09 AM
 
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I can't imagine using Public Transportation around Columbia. There just aren't destinations in this town to justify coming from the NE without my car. I would have to drive to a station. Park, wait for a train, take the train, then walk or taxi my way to destination. That makes sense in NY, LA, San Diego, but I don't see ANY way to justify that in our medium sized little city.
I like MARTA in Atlanta for big conventions, I can hotel at Airport and take inexpensive ride to downtown. But just don't see appeal in Columbia.
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Old 10-26-2016, 01:57 PM
 
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I'm curious would it be cheaper for Columbia to get a Diesel Powered Commuter Train kinda like the Tri Rail in Florida. With something like that you wouldn't have to worry about building both new rails or electric lines. Only build would be the Stations.


I am much more in favor of a regional interstate rail service that connects the major cities in SC, NC and possibly GA. Raleigh and Charlotte already connected along with the points in between.. Extending that on existing tracks down to Columbia and then to Charleston would also pick up places like Rock Hill, Chester, Sumter, Summerville. A route from Charleston to Greenville via Columbia.. would add places like Irmo, Chapin, Newberry and Laurens to the route. even a Charleston to Atlanta Route via Columbia would add places like Aiken, Augusta, Covington/Conyer GA to ATL.. All this could be done along existing tracks with trains running several times a day.


Both GDOT and NCDOT are already coordinating together which will add Greenville and Spartanburg to an Atlanta to Charlotte route.. the rest of what I described is currently a pipe dream even though the tracks in place but need upgrades at various points.....
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Old 10-26-2016, 05:50 PM
 
Location: Columbia SC
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Are we talking rail service between cities or connecting the 3 main shopping/eating/drinking/entertainment areas in Columba which are Main St, 5 Points, and the Vista?
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Old 10-27-2016, 10:11 AM
 
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I am much more in favor of a regional interstate rail service that connects the major cities in SC, NC and possibly GA. Raleigh and Charlotte already connected along with the points in between.. Extending that on existing tracks down to Columbia and then to Charleston would also pick up places like Rock Hill, Chester, Sumter, Summerville. A route from Charleston to Greenville via Columbia.. would add places like Irmo, Chapin, Newberry and Laurens to the route. even a Charleston to Atlanta Route via Columbia would add places like Aiken, Augusta, Covington/Conyer GA to ATL.. All this could be done along existing tracks with trains running several times a day.


Both GDOT and NCDOT are already coordinating together which will add Greenville and Spartanburg to an Atlanta to Charlotte route.. the rest of what I described is currently a pipe dream even though the tracks in place but need upgrades at various points.....
I second that. South Carolina is at a place where a train from Columbia to Charleston would make sense. 26 has become a nightmare, and this would provide much relief for the corridor. I actually think it could be a profitable route.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:07 PM
 
Location: Irmo, SC
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I second that. South Carolina is at a place where a train from Columbia to Charleston would make sense. 26 has become a nightmare, and this would provide much relief for the corridor. I actually think it could be a profitable route.
I think so, too. With as much allure that Charleston has, a "day trip" would be an even shorter excursion. Lets face it, the beach is the place to be. Run a train all along the coast, maybe from Myrtle Beach to Charleston with a main connection through Columbia and ending in Greenville. That way, some of the coastal residents can do Appalachia for a day. That's just something I envision in my head, probably makes little logistic sense.
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Old 10-27-2016, 12:54 PM
 
Location: Columbia, South Carolina
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I think so, too. With as much allure that Charleston has, a "day trip" would be an even shorter excursion. Lets face it, the beach is the place to be. Run a train all along the coast, maybe from Myrtle Beach to Charleston with a main connection through Columbia and ending in Greenville. That way, some of the coastal residents can do Appalachia for a day. That's just something I envision in my head, probably makes little logistic sense.
That would be an awesome piece of infrastructure, but I think politics may forever prevent it from happening. On the right, you have small-government, anti-transit folks who will never support infrastructure of this magnitude. On the left, you have die-hard conservationists and environmentalists who would balk at the impact to the coastal ecosystems. If I recall correctly, I-73 was originally proposed to go to Myrtle Beach and then run southwest to Charleston, but the MYR-CHS portion was nixed due to environmental impact.
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