Posted 18 May 2017 - 08:12 AM
Must have been inspired by "Harley's Hornet"...
Or like someone in Facebook did, plan on having Morgantown West Virginia served by four different bullet train routes, Heh heh
Anyone remember the Potomac Turbo?
How come "Harley's Hornet" and "Staggers Special" stuck and my nickname doesn't and there weren't there any derogatory names made for Senator Robert's train(s) (until 2016 that is:)?
Corrected that for you
Also when it comes to making 3x/week trains daily they should campaign for both. But if they choose one to emphasize it makes more sense for me to choose the one where no part of the route currently is daily vs. the one where roughly half of the route already has daily service. Would it give more bang for your buck to give
Houston Sanderson, TX daily service or Prince, West Virginia Cincinnati, Ohio daily service?
Fair enough. But if you add up the entire non daily portions of both trains, the SL has to come out ahead. From Wikipedia estimates, the Houston metropolitan has about 6 million while the Cincinnati metro has about 2 million and the entire state of West Virginia also has about 2 million. And that's not counting El Paso and Tucson along the SL route. The one argument (and I can't believe I am helping here) is that there are fewer train miles that have to be upgraded on that train than the SL.
While I do believe both trains should be daily, I agree that the SL should be a higher priority. I would rather see 3-5 daily trains west of Cincinnati and tri-weekly service between Cincinnati and Charlottesville than once daily service over the entire route (although in a perfect world there would be both). A daily SL would be the exclusive train in the 5th, 12th, 53rd, 68th largest metro areas, while having stops in the 2nd, 13th, 24th, 46th largest metro areas. With the exception of Los Angeles, these cities would have a drastic increase in service with a daily train. The Cardinal/Hoosier State exclusively stops in the 28th and 34th largest metro areas while also having stops in the 1st, 3rd, 6th, 7th, and 21st largest metro areas. However, four of these five cities are located on the NEC which already has very frequent service on the same line. The other one (Chicago) as well as the exclusive cities could all be served by a corridor service.
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