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Old 06-16-2009, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Actually between train, car and air I find the train to be the easiest way to travel. You don't have the airport security, you can eat and drink, walk around. You don't have to stop for food, gas, bathroom breaks or hotels and your not worn down from the drive afterward. Comparing the planes and trains I have been on, the train seats are much larger, have more foot room and are more comfortable.

The downside to the train, it is slow!
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Old 06-16-2009, 01:43 PM
 
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i think the only place that would be worth it would be in the bos-wash corridor (and maybe ones from like st louis, milwaukee and indianapolis to chicago). America is not nearly as dense as Europe or Japan , so a train really isn't really efficient/useful. And the standard of living in china is much lower so not everyone has a car
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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i think the only place that would be worth it would be in the bos-wash corridor (and maybe ones from like st louis, milwaukee and indianapolis to chicago). America is not nearly as dense as Europe or Japan , so a train really isn't really efficient/useful. And the standard of living in china is much lower so not everyone has a car
It works well in the northeast, just most people don't know about it, or would rather drive. Think about how close the cities are to another, Cleveland, Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, Ithica, Albany, NYC are all 1.5-2 hour stops between each other. And then even stops to Pittsburgh and Philly are not that bad either.
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Old 06-16-2009, 03:20 PM
 
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It is so much faster and cheaper to travel by air.
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:14 PM
 
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For rail to work on a nationwide basis, it needs three elements:

1. Convenience
2. Lower cost
3. Speed

Anybody have any ideas how to get there?
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:24 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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Why spend 5 hours flying cross-country when you can do it by train in 2 days?

Yes, this is true but what about people who do not like to fly? i.e John Madden
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Old 06-16-2009, 09:26 PM
 
Location: The Land of Reason
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For rail to work on a nationwide basis, it needs three elements:

1. Convenience
2. Lower cost
3. Speed

Anybody have any ideas how to get there?
1. more railroads more routes
2. the cost of a train trip is already cheaper than a plane and little more than a bus
3. take your time sit back and enjoy america in all of it's beauty
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:15 PM
 
Location: The Woods
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I do prefer trains over air travel. More relaxed and enjoyable (you can actually see the land you're travelling through). However, there's some major problems with our rail system. Mainly, the limited routes and times, inconvenient locations of many stops, the freight trains get preference and the tracks are not up to higher speeds.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Rochester, NY
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Someone mentioned cost too. The last time we went to NYC we used our AAA discount and the train ended up being cheaper than flying. We didn't really even consider driving because of the cost to park and the hassel of driving in Manhattan.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:35 PM
 
Location: USA
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I can still remember at 13 or 14 taking the old Texas and Pacific southern belle to New Orleans from Shreveport back 40 years ago. Thought I was going stir crazy that night. Never again; too much waiting for tracks to clear. However, one upside to it was the most beautiful sunrise in the middle of nowhere down in South Louisiana. Although trains are miserably slow, some of the scenery is just beautiful; things you can't see along the freeways. But they're not for people who need to be somewhere like yesterday. I suppose the trains in the Bos-Wash corridor are very fast, but that wouldn't be the case everywhere.
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