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  1. I don’t know if you are being sarcastic or sincere. If that was true then construction would have started in San Fran or SoCal already.
  2. No, the Progressive , and Democratic voting NIMBYs in NoCal and SoCal are the reason this project will not be built..........Oh, the irony or hypocrisy.
  3. Merced to Bakersville. HSR to nowhere............At least the San Joaqins will be faster.
  4. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Do anyone think that Amtrak will use cab cars on the NEC? It will shorten turn times and increase utilization.........Maybe.
  5. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Deleted Third answered my question. ThirdRail, what do you mean 4 are down hard? Mx?
  6. It's called branding. Amtrak had the rainbow era (cars with liveries from different railroads) back in the early 70s yet saw the importance of their own brand, the start of the pointless arrow. Whether its Phase Iv or III, pick a livery and stick with it.
  7. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    In this cost conscious society, it would be smart of Amtrak to reintroduce a 21rst century Slumbercoach product. Just as on airlines, the high yielding product is no longer First Class but Business Class, its time to for a product below sleeper or roomettes but above coach. Especially with the dining car going away. It would be extremely popular with new millennial families.
  8. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    And it’s not a slam dunk for Siemens either. Per the doc,the rfp is vague to see what new ideas some companies present..Smart move. Anderson has already given Siemens a bone, the 75 unit order.
  9. frequentflyer

    Texas eagle incident near ft worth

    On Trainorders there is a post stating someone was killed jogging on the tracks. I feel for the engineer.
  10. frequentflyer

    Brightline (FEC) Update

    When does the Virgin branding start? New Livery.
  11. frequentflyer

    weather cancellations for Midwest Jan 28-31, 2019

    Since the Siemens design is proven and been in service in climates just as harsh or worse, I would say yes to that question.
  12. frequentflyer

    Texas Eagle Route

    Well it travels up the median of the "Mopac" freeway from Austin to Taylor. I think the section from Taylor to Temple was ex Mopac too.
  13. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Curious, how are you coming to the conclusion it may be DMU/EMUs? The word "trainsets"? "The new railcars and trainsets will include all necessary equipment for Positive Train Control technology and meet recently updated federal Tier I safety standards for equipment operating at speeds of up to 125 MPH. Also, the new equipment will adhere to all accessibility requirements under the Americans with Disabilities Act. " I take "trainsets" to mean the semi permanent nature of the Siemen Vs cars. With a California like cab car on one end.
  14. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Wow, thought this thread would get more posts with the exciting news new equipment will soon be ordered. IMO, since the new equipment will be Siemens coaches here is a video to get an idea of what to expect interior wise. The Siemens Vs coaches are sold around the world and used on the vaunted European railroad network. Should be good enough for Amtrak and cheaper to operate too.
  15. frequentflyer

    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    EMU/DMUs, if Amtrak goes that route will be on another RFP. This purely about the Amfleet and Amtrak getting accustomed to the new Siemens car which will no doubt be the defacto car of Amtrak in the future for LDTs and Corridor. The maintenance and inventory savings should be immense when completed compared to the hodgepodge of equipment Amtrak have to maintain today.