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#1 John Bredin

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Posted 13 June 2018 - 10:49 PM

Or at least the City of Chicago accepted the Boring Company bid. http://www.chicagotr...494771-132.html

I'd love to see this come to fruition, and Musk seems to be the type who can attract investors, *except* that using 16-passenger [del]vans[/del] vehicles make this sound:

(1) less than viable, as it would seem to lack sufficient capacity or through-put, and
(2) a conscious effort by Musk to *not* resemble old-fashioned [del]boring[/del] trains.

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 03:39 AM

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Posted 14 June 2018 - 04:06 AM

I swear that I remember watching an old cartoon from the 1960s showing off an idea like this, just with personal cars instead of transit vehicles...and IIRC it was implied that those would be self-driving.


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 08:06 AM

Also, I know that Musk owns a boring company, but which one is it?:-p


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Posted 14 June 2018 - 10:11 AM

I like the idea of an express train, but most of the pax traffic from/to ord seems to get on west of western.  Once I was on a blue line and it ran express from the city to western to belmont to logan sq then local to ord. That ride was real nice and I totally get the allure of an express service.  I just wonder how many people will ditch ubers and cabs for their downtown trip.  My company directs us to use ubers over all other modes of transport, even when uber is more expensive.

 

The ride on metra to ohare transfer station is great as well, but the 6pm train to ohare usually only lets out 4-5 people at ohare transfer.  Getting from the transfer station to the terminals is easy and a bit of a pain until they open the new rental car facility, which is located literally to the transfer station.   Sadly, it appears no one consulted the rail line as it appears with a bit of work, the ohare transfer stop could have been integrated into the rental car facility and it could have been an under roof transfer instead of having to walk out on the street for a bit. 



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 02:07 AM

Having taken the Blue Line out to ORD as well as having taken a taxi into town, I think the underlying issue is that the ride on the train does start getting a little long without facilities or the ability, as far as I know, to hop off and use them in a station.  The lack of a direct connection to the other lines, or indeed any of the rail terminals, in downtown doesn't help if you're lugging luggage, and IIRC the cars really aren't set up for substantial luggage loads.


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Posted 16 June 2018 - 09:46 PM

Having taken the Blue Line out to ORD as well as having taken a taxi into town, I think the underlying issue is that the ride on the train does start getting a little long without facilities or the ability, as far as I know, to hop off and use them in a station.  The lack of a direct connection to the other lines, or indeed any of the rail terminals, in downtown doesn't help if you're lugging luggage, and IIRC the cars really aren't set up for substantial luggage loads.

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.  I've rode around on the subway with a roller bag/backpack on BART, New York subway, Boston T, DC Metro, CTA Blue Line, and London Piccadilly line with no problem  (except for stairs).  And if you think the Blue line from O'Hare is a long ride, try riding into central London on the Piccadilly line from Heathrow!



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Posted 16 June 2018 - 10:35 PM

Having taken the Blue Line out to ORD as well as having taken a taxi into town, I think the underlying issue is that the ride on the train does start getting a little long without facilities or the ability, as far as I know, to hop off and use them in a station. The lack of a direct connection to the other lines, or indeed any of the rail terminals, in downtown doesn't help if you're lugging luggage, and IIRC the cars really aren't set up for substantial luggage loads.


Like most airports, O'Hare and Midway seem to focus on connecting tourists with taxis and rental cars that rush you as quickly as possible into the nearest traffic jam with metro access left as a distant half-measure afterthought.  I can make it work because I travel light and I'm fully ambulatory but it doesn't work nearly as well for people who struggle to move or carry lots of luggage.  I'm glad the Orange and Blue lines exist, and I'll almost always chose them over a taxi, but they're not close to being as quick and easy as they could be if they were the focus instead of taxis and rental cars.

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.


If that's true then I wonder what what exactly requires all those check-in desks, transport conveyors, cargo holds, and pickup carousels.  Some of those systems cost upwards of a half-billion dollars.  The airlines didn't start charging for luggage because they thought nobody would bother; they started charging because they knew millions of passengers would be forced to pay.


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 12:20 AM

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

You must not have flown Southwest “2 free checked bags” Airlines ;)

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 05:59 AM

 

Having taken the Blue Line out to ORD as well as having taken a taxi into town, I think the underlying issue is that the ride on the train does start getting a little long without facilities or the ability, as far as I know, to hop off and use them in a station.  The lack of a direct connection to the other lines, or indeed any of the rail terminals, in downtown doesn't help if you're lugging luggage, and IIRC the cars really aren't set up for substantial luggage loads.

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

I don't think I've ever checked a bag on a domestic flight. I always take my backpack and a small roller suitcase, and that's it. I just don't need more than that. And I would agree that any normal person going on vacation for a normal amount of time, doesn't need much more than that.


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 06:32 AM

And of the dozens of flights I’ve taken for work in the past three years, I’ve never *not* checked a bag.

Anecdotes are worthless.

On average, for every passenger on a flight, there are 1.1 prices of checked luggage. Those that check nothing are more than balanced out by those checking more than two (which isn’t enough information to judge the original claim that “most people” don’t check luggage), but it’s better than dueling anecdotes.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 09:14 AM

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

I don't think I've ever checked a bag on a domestic flight. I always take my backpack and a small roller suitcase, and that's it. I just don't need more than that. And I would agree that any normal person going on vacation for a normal amount of time, doesn't need much more than that.

 

Don't take this the wrong way, but have you ever traveled on business or with a girlfriend?  Because I think you're likely to find that "need" can be a relative term.  ^_^


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Posted 17 June 2018 - 09:28 AM

What does going on vacation for a normal amount of time mean, anyway? What defines normal?

And I agree about business travel. I often have two-week trips for work, and dont have time to hunt for a laundromat (and getting the hotel to do laundry is so ridiculously expensive it ought not to be legal). That means bringing clean clothes to last two weeks, plus business shoes and athletic shoes, plus all the stuff I need for work.

If Im traveling for pleasure for only a few days, then sure I can get away with a backpack and maybe a small rollaboard, but if anyone on vacation wants to pick up souvenirs...

Of course, my main issue with this project is that it doesnt actually address a real transportation need in Chicago (at least, not a very big one). And, private funding or not. These resources would be better allocated elsewhere.

Maybe Elon Musk is really Lyle Lanley.

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Posted 17 June 2018 - 10:40 AM

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

You must not have flown Southwest 2 free checked bags Airlines ;)

Actually BWI is my home airport, I fly mainly on Southwest, and I always check my roller bag. I once tried carrying it on, and it was more trouble than the slight time savings on arrival is worth. I'm not alone, nearly all the bags I see on the carousel are roller bags.
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Posted 17 June 2018 - 01:08 PM

 

 

Having taken the Blue Line out to ORD as well as having taken a taxi into town, I think the underlying issue is that the ride on the train does start getting a little long without facilities or the ability, as far as I know, to hop off and use them in a station.  The lack of a direct connection to the other lines, or indeed any of the rail terminals, in downtown doesn't help if you're lugging luggage, and IIRC the cars really aren't set up for substantial luggage loads.

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

I don't think I've ever checked a bag on a domestic flight. I always take my backpack and a small roller suitcase, and that's it. I just don't need more than that. And I would agree that any normal person going on vacation for a normal amount of time, doesn't need much more than that.

 

So sayest one who has no small children (diapers, toys, lots of changes of clothes, car seats, strollers and ...) or is not elderly? We used to travel to Europe with an unfull carry-on each but now, it doesn't work that way any more. Nor can we lift those carry-ons into overheads on planes, up the stairs on trains and into trunks of cars.


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Posted 18 June 2018 - 09:32 AM

I asked my girlfriend if she needed a 32 ounce bottle of shampoo in her luggage when we were getting ready to fly to Thailand. I was telling her that she could carry a small container of shampoo and then buy a medium sized one when we got there. It was like I asked her to fly there by flapping her arms. She was that mad at me for trying to make her luggage 2 pounds lighter.

I ended up carrying that monstrosity of a bag whenever the sidewalks got rough, too.

 

 

 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.

I don't think I've ever checked a bag on a domestic flight. I always take my backpack and a small roller suitcase, and that's it. I just don't need more than that. And I would agree that any normal person going on vacation for a normal amount of time, doesn't need much more than that.

 

Don't take this the wrong way, but have you ever traveled on business or with a girlfriend?  Because I think you're likely to find that "need" can be a relative term.  ^_^

 


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Posted 18 June 2018 - 10:26 AM

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I asked my girlfriend if she needed a 32 ounce bottle of shampoo in her luggage when we were getting ready to fly to Thailand. I was telling her that she could carry a small container of shampoo and then buy a medium sized one when we got there. It was like I asked her to fly there by flapping her arms. She was that mad at me for trying to make her luggage 2 pounds lighter.
I ended up carrying that monstrosity of a bag whenever the sidewalks got rough, too.
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Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.[/t-quote]I don't think I've ever checked a bag on a domestic flight. I always take my backpack and a small roller suitcase, and that's it. I just don't need more than that. And I would agree that any normal person going on vacation for a normal amount of time, doesn't need much more than that.[/t-quote] 
Don't take this the wrong way, but have you ever traveled on business or with a girlfriend?  Because I think you're likely to find that "need" can be a relative term.  ^_^
 [/t-quote][/t-quote]She needs to try a shampoo bar. I just heard about them and think they’d be great for traveling.

This is one brand if seen.
https://www.lushusa....r/shampoo-bars/
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Posted 18 June 2018 - 10:28 AM

Hey! Ya never know what brand of shampoo you may or may not get in Thailand, you know? :P



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Posted 18 June 2018 - 10:29 AM

 

 


 

Most people who fly don't carry much more than a roller bag and a backpack, at least that's what I've observed.


If that's true then I wonder what what exactly requires all those check-in desks, transport conveyors, cargo holds, and pickup carousels.  Some of those systems cost upwards of a half-billion dollars.  The airlines didn't start charging for luggage because they thought nobody would bother; they started charging because they knew millions of passengers would be forced to pay.

 

 

Old fashioned thinking maybe?

 

Times have moved on. Airlines haven't?

 

Charging for check-ins has only encouraged people to stretch carry-on rules to the absolute limit.

 

That, and airlines continuously losing people's luggage.

 

It's almost as if they installed this super costly infrastructure and are now doing everything in their power to make sure nobody uses it.  :)


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Posted 18 June 2018 - 10:41 AM

What does going on vacation for a normal amount of time mean, anyway? What defines normal?

And I agree about business travel. I often have two-week trips for work, and dont have time to hunt for a laundromat (and getting the hotel to do laundry is so ridiculously expensive it ought not to be legal). That means bringing clean clothes to last two weeks, plus business shoes and athletic shoes, plus all the stuff I need for work.

 

 

Business travellers are typically not very cost sensitive, seeing they can charge everything on expenses.

 

And also fly high bucket anyway for the flexibility.

 

So the business market is quite a different one to the leisure market.

 

I'm venturing a wild guess here, but my general feeling is that, business travellers are also more likely to use taxis, Ubers or other personalized systems rather than bog-standard transit.

 

Obviously there are exceptions. 

 

I've only done Chicago's Blue Line a handful of times. But I don't recall seeing many suits and ties there, or many particularly large bags either.






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