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View Poll Results: Would you take high speed rail over driving or flying
Yes 65 81.25%
No 15 18.75%
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:35 PM
 
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Yep. The tsa THEMSELVES said there's no need for their brand of idiocy on trains. They were talking specifically about Amtrak, but a train's a train, brightline ain't special.
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How hard is it to put a bag on a conveyor belt and walk through a metal detector? It doesn't take any time, really. The longest part is handing your ID to a guy to verify that you are who you are... but that only takes 5 seconds.
Really, TexasLawyer2000? That's the future you want?
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:35 PM
 
Location: Old Mother Idaho
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I don't know about Texas, but I would really like high-speed rail out here in the northwest.
With so much distance between metros out here, driving can be a real drag in the winters, and flying can be as much of a hassle, even if it's faster. Oftentimes, it's not when all the time spent in the airports is considered.

Rail would make for a much more comfortable trip and would cut down the traffic on overloaded I-90, even if it wasn't true high-speed rail. There are lots of times out here in the winter when any speed faster than 65 on the Interstates is too dangerous for the icy highways. Any train that could go faster than that would be a real good deal.

I don't expect it will ever happen in my lifetime, though. Too much distance, too few people.
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:37 PM
 
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Really, TexasLawyer2000? That's the future you want?
High Speed Rail? Sure... it could be more convenient than flying.
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:44 PM
 
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High Speed Rail? Sure... it could be more convenient than flying.
So you're not referring to TSA on rail here?
//www.city-data.com/forum/56945029-post19.html
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:51 PM
 
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So you're not referring to TSA on rail here?
//www.city-data.com/forum/56945029-post19.html

I have no experience with TSA on rail. The experience described in that post relates to flying. It's a breeze to walk into an airport and go through TSA.
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:57 PM
 
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I have no experience with TSA on rail. The experience described in that post relates to flying. It's a breeze to walk into an airport and go through TSA.
Because they're in subways now:
https://www.wnyc.org/story/283289-ar...a-in-a-subway/
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Old 12-25-2019, 10:59 PM
 
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That article is from 2010. I travel to NYC 1-2 times/month. I have never seen TSA agents at the subway stations. I have seen NYPD, however... but only once doing random bag checks.
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Old 12-25-2019, 11:04 PM
 
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That article is from 2010. I travel to NYC 1-2 times/month. I have never seen TSA agents at the subway stations. I have seen NYPD, however... but only once doing random bag checks.
I've witnessed it firsthand on more than one occasion, and later than 2010.

But then again, back to passenger intercity rail. You're okay with it if TSA just quickly checks the passengers' effects, and their papers are in order?
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Old 12-26-2019, 01:12 AM
 
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If I have to rent a car at my destination, it negates the reason for taking the train. I may as well drive.
Huh? Renting a car is a normal part of travel. I’ve taken the train to NOLA a few times, and rented a car upon arrival. Why would it have made more sense to drive all the fricken way from Arizona to New Orleans just because I had to rent a car upon my arrival?
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Old 12-26-2019, 05:25 AM
 
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The new HSR track will be 1/2 mile from my house. The fare is projected to be around 200 bucks at first.

It will be elevated, with no grade crossing all the way to Dallas.

We sometimes use the VonLAne bus to Dallas. It picks up at a downtown hotel and goes to Dallas several times a day. Way easier than going to the airport, time wise. Takes 3 hours to the hotel at the entrance to Love field. And the attendant will bring you coffee, tea, soda or a beer. You can plug in your devices and work all the way. Fare is close to 100$. The car rental is right there when you arrive.
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