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Delete Sunset Limited and Extend Crescent to Houston

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Here is my idea:  Delete the Sunset limited and extend the daily Crescent to Houston (NYC to Houston daily).  Rename the entire Chicago-San Antonio-Los Angeles route the Texas Eagle and operate it daily.  The only leg missing would be Houston- San Antonio.  I lived in Houston for many years and absolutely no one traveled between Houston- San Antonio using Amtrak because it took so long!  Everyone either drove, flew, or boarded Greyhound. There is a huge amount of people traveling between the two cities. Therefore, if a truly high-speed train between Houston- San Antonio was developed, it would be highly successful in my opinion.

Houston is the 4th largest city and it should be connected to NYC, Washington DC, and Atlanta via Amtrak and have high speed rail to San Antonio.  With the high speed line between Houston and Dallas about to start, a high speed train to San Antonio probably is not a far-fetched idea!

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This should probably be in the member’s ideas and discussion forum but until I’ll take s stab at this subject.

The Crescent shouldn’t get extended anywhere until whatever is causing the extreme delays is remedied. That train is too unreliable to extend and ridership would really suffer.

You think no one uses the Houston leg now?

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Sorry I didn't know there were issues with delays.  Yes that should be solved first.  If Amtrak could get things speeded-up, there is a huge potential between New Orleans and Houston.  You won't believe the high amount of traffic between the two cities!  Lots of folks take the Mega Bus.  Lots of people drive and fly.  My daughter always took the Mega Bus and they were always full.  I frequently flew between the two cities and the planes were always full to the max.

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4 minutes ago, iliketrains said:

 The only leg missing would be Houston- San Antonio.  I lived in Houston for many years and absolutely no one traveled between Houston- San Antonio using Amtrak because it took so long!  Everyone either drove, flew, or boarded Greyhound. 

So you’re saying that if someone from New Orleans wanted to go to El Paso, someone from LA wanted to go to Houston or someone from Lafayette wanted to go to Tucson they couldn’t. Just because the people in Houston want to drive to San Antonio!:wacko:

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1 minute ago, the_traveler said:

So you’re saying that if someone from New Orleans wanted to go to El Paso, someone from LA wanted to go to Houston or someone from Lafayette wanted to go to Tucson they couldn’t. Just because the people in Houston want to drive to San Antonio!:wacko:

The amount people traveling Houston to San Antonio is humungous. Amtrak could make a killing if the service between the two cities was high speed.  

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But you’re saying Amtrak should eliminate that section totally! I’m confused.:wacko:

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Eliminate it but REPLACE it with a new  high speed route just between these two cities.  If not high speed, at least some type of faster regional service between the two cities.

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8 minutes ago, bratkinson said:

Getting Union Pacific to agree to ANY additional trains, much less faster trains is nearly impossible...unless they get many millions of dollars up front.

The upcoming bullet train between Houston and Dallas is being developed without the freight train companies.  Am I correct?

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1 hour ago, iliketrains said:

The amount people traveling Houston to San Antonio is humungous. Amtrak could make a killing if the service between the two cities was high speed.  

Having driven on parts of I 10 east of San Antonio, I can believe that.  Actually, passenger service wouldn't have to be Shinkansen style "high speed," a 60 to 70 mph point to point average speed would be competitive when you consider traffic gridlock.  

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What is the average speed now? Service between Houston and San Antonio is now non-stop with no intermediate station stops.

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7 minutes ago, the_traveler said:

What is the average speed now? Service between Houston and San Antonio is now non-stop with no intermediate station stops.

Last October on #2, it took us 4:15 to travel the 210 miles = 49 mph

Departed SAS at 0759; arrived HOU 12:17

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8 minutes ago, the_traveler said:

What is the average speed now? Service between Houston and San Antonio is now non-stop with no intermediate station stops.

Scheduled 310 minutes for 210 miles = 41mph.

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2 hours ago, PRR 60 said:

Scheduled 310 minutes for 210 miles = 41mph.

On our trip last March from El Paso, we arrived in Houston an hour early. Surprised us so we just hung around the station wondering why. That would have made it 210 miles in 250 minutes. So that would have meant we AVERAGED over 50 mph. Wow! Didn't know humans could go so fast! We made up for it, though. Left HOU on time. Arrived in NOL about midnight.

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