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View Poll Results: Will you use the commuter rail to DIA?
Yes 56 67.47%
No 24 28.92%
There's a train to the airport? 3 3.61%
Voters: 83. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 05-14-2016, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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I saw the train for the first time pulling into DIA. The train itself looks like crap. Just an old junky looking train with new paint.
Really? Not my opinion. Cars were very nice and new when I took the train. Looked exactly like this:



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Old 05-14-2016, 02:28 PM
 
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^Inside looks nice, outside is meh.
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:08 PM
 
Location: Denver
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^Inside looks nice, outside is meh.
Compared to what?

Denver:

Boston?


Long Island?


San Fran?
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Old 05-14-2016, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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Compared to what?

Denver:

Boston?


Long Island?


San Fran?
Maybe he was hoping for:

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Old 05-14-2016, 10:59 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Compared to what?

Denver:

Boston?


Long Island?


San Fran?
All of those pictures are of 1960s, 1970s rolling stock. So you are comparing RTDs 2015 train with pictures of 1960/70s trains to show that RTD’s train doesn’t look old? OK.

For that matter, I think that 1972 BART train (which has been replaced with much newer equipment) picture looks more futuristic then RTD’s 2015 train.

I have to agree with the poster, I have no clue what RTD is thinking using a retro 1960s train for transportation to a modern airport. For just a little more money they could have purchased much nicer more modern trains.

But RTD probably knows their customers better then anyone. Denver fanboys/fangirls would cheerlead RTD if they had used an 1880s steam train for the line. Whoo-hoo we’ve got steam engines.
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:21 PM
 
Location: Denver and Boston
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All of those pictures are of 1960s, 1970s rolling stock. So you are comparing RTDs 2015 train with pictures of 1960/70s trains to show that RTD’s train doesn’t look old? OK.
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The Boston pic is representative of current red line trains. The red line is actually one of the nicer Boston trains, Green and Orange are older and uglier
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Old 05-14-2016, 11:32 PM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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Really? Not my opinion. Cars were very nice and new when I took the train. Looked exactly like this:

I love the contrast between Denver and Salt Lake City commuter trains. RTD uses modern trains that look retro. UTA uses retro trains that look modern.



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Old 05-15-2016, 12:04 AM
 
Location: Denver
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All of those pictures are of 1960s, 1970s rolling stock. So you are comparing RTDs 2015 train with pictures of 1960/70s trains to show that RTD’s train doesn’t look old? OK.

For that matter, I think that 1972 BART train (which has been replaced with much newer equipment) picture looks more futuristic then RTD’s 2015 train.

I have to agree with the poster, I have no clue what RTD is thinking using a retro 1960s train for transportation to a modern airport. For just a little more money they could have purchased much nicer more modern trains.

But RTD probably knows their customers better then anyone. Denver fanboys/fangirls would cheerlead RTD if they had used an 1880s steam train for the line. Whoo-hoo we’ve got steam engines.
Could care less... It could look like this as long as it got me there on time

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Old 05-15-2016, 12:07 AM
 
Location: Coos Bay, Oregon
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The Boston pic is representative of current red line trains. The red line is actually one of the nicer Boston trains, Green and Orange are older and uglier
OK, thanks. Thats still 1993 equipment though. You would think RTD would have chosen something more modern for their premier rail line. This design may fly with Denverites, who look at it as an upgrade from busses and light rail. But it’s going to be hard to impress visitors with trains that look like that. It might even turn some visitors off from riding it, when they see it for the first time. It could make them think of a grimy NYC subway train, rather then a nice clean airport commuter train.

Just curious, from anyone who has ridden the train. Do people actually sit in the middle seat? I would expect those three seats to end up being used by two people with their bags between them. Seems to me a better design would be for 2x2 seats, allowing for more standing room if necessary.

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Old 05-15-2016, 05:57 AM
 
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I love the contrast between Denver and Salt Lake City commuter trains. RTD uses modern trains that look retro. UTA uses retro trains that look modern.


Suburban New Yorkers or Philadelphians will feel right at home when they visit Denver. The MU's are much like theirs. Not so for Chicago (even the one electric line), LA, Miami or the other cities with commuter rail.
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