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Old 12-31-2014, 05:48 PM
 
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You are in for a treat. Commuter rail system started operation in Orlando and will soon in Denver. Other systems are planned and may start someday. How will this affect you? You may say "I don't work downtown, what good can it do me?" You may get an attractive job offer and commuting there would become feasible. Talk to some of the commuters in places like New York, Chicago, Washington, even Los Angeles. Commuting to a workplace 30 miles away convenient. And no longer requires trading in your car every four years. But if, as many rail commuters, you still do; you find you get better trade-in value. And if you continue to drive, perhaps less traffic on the roads.
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Old 12-31-2014, 06:49 PM
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You are in for a treat. Commuter rail system started operation in Orlando and will soon in Denver. Other systems are planned and may start someday. How will this affect you? You may say "I don't work downtown, what good can it do me?" You may get an attractive job offer and commuting there would become feasible. Talk to some of the commuters in places like New York, Chicago, Washington, even Los Angeles. Commuting to a workplace 30 miles away convenient. And no longer requires trading in your car every four years. But if, as many rail commuters, you still do; you find you get better trade-in value. And if you continue to drive, perhaps less traffic on the roads.
I have a surprise for you: Denver has had commuter rail, AKA light rail, for 20 years.
RTD's light rail system is turning 20 (Slideshow) - Denver Business Journal

I have no idea what you're referring to. There will be a line to the airport next year, is that what you're talking about?
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Old 12-31-2014, 07:29 PM
 
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I have a surprise for you: Denver has had commuter rail, AKA light rail, for 20 years.
RTD's light rail system is turning 20 (Slideshow) - Denver Business Journal

I have no idea what you're referring to. There will be a line to the airport next year, is that what you're talking about?
Yes. I did ride the light rail from Littleton a few years back. It seemed to have too many stops, and at that time seemed short.
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I have a surprise for you: Denver has had commuter rail, AKA light rail, for 20 years.
RTD's light rail system is turning 20 (Slideshow) - Denver Business Journal

I have no idea what you're referring to. There will be a line to the airport next year, is that what you're talking about?
Commuter rail and light rail are two different things. The east rail airport line will be Denver's first commuter rail line.

East Rail Line

Equipment used seems like it will be similar to Philly's SEPTA.
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Yes. I did ride the light rail from Littleton a few years back. It seemed to have too many stops, and at that time seemed short.
Without enough stops, a rail line isn't that useful. It appears to have 9 stops over around 9 miles. many of the LIRR lines in the closer in suburbs have similar stop spacing.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:11 PM
 
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Pittsburgh used to have several commuter rails, when I was a young adult- the last halted operations in the late 80's.


I'm not sure it was a "treat", my grade school took us on a field trip from Pittsburgh to McKeesport on the B&O in the late 60's. I guess it was interesting enough, they fed us box lunches before sending us back.

This kind of venture is really iffy. In the case here, McKeesport really went in the dumper economically and no one wanted to go there. Unfortunately with trains, it isn't that easy to change the route. Buses have a lot more flexibility
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I'm not sure it was a "treat", my grade school took us on a field trip from Pittsburgh to McKeesport on the B&O in the late 60's. I guess it was interesting enough, they fed us box lunches before sending us back.

This kind of venture is really iffy. In the case here, McKeesport really went in the dumper economically and no one wanted to go there. Unfortunately with trains, it isn't that easy to change the route. Buses have a lot more flexibility
I was on a commuter train (LIRR) a few hours ago. It's amusing to hear them as an "interesting experience", seems rather normal to me.

Not having development near where rail is can be a negative. But rail has a huge advantage over buses: it doesn't get stuck in traffic. No lights, so no stops other than scheduled ones. If a commuter rail network is extensive, it's generally the most convenient way to access the downtown of a city.
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Old 01-01-2015, 03:32 PM
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Commuter rail and light rail are two different things. The east rail airport line will be Denver's first commuter rail line.

East Rail Line

Equipment used seems like it will be similar to Philly's SEPTA.
Seriously? Please explain these great differences. Isn't commuter rail a rail service for commuters? The implication was that Denver has NO rail system for commuters, which is untrue.

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Seriously? Please explain these great differences. Isn't commuter rail a rail service for commuters? The implication was that Denver has NO rail system for commuters, which is untrue.
I didn't say the difference was great. The difference is the type of equipment, not the type of customers. Light rail uses lighter trains that can run on the street, commuter rail doesn't. This has been discussed previously on the forum several times. A subway is used by commuters, but it's never called "commuter rail", despite that subway and commuter rail equipment is much more similar (in a few places, they can run on the same tracks).

I didn't address the implication, it's still true Denver has no commuter rail.
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Old 01-01-2015, 05:32 PM
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I didn't say the difference was great. The difference is the type of equipment, not the type of customers. Light rail uses lighter trains that can run on the street, commuter rail doesn't. This has been discussed previously on the forum several times. A subway is used by commuters, but it's never called "commuter rail", despite that subway and commuter rail equipment is much more similar (in a few places, they can run on the same tracks).

I didn't address the implication, it's still true Denver has no commuter rail.
But it is untrue that Denver has no public rail transportation, which is what was implied in the OP.
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