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Discussion related to Amtrak also known as the National Railroad Passenger Corp.

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  by STrRedWolf
 
electricron wrote: Tue Apr 20, 2021 10:40 pm I'm sorry, 90 mph maximum speeds is just not worth the expense with such tiny time savings, imho.
Why take a 6 hour train when you can fly it in less than an hour and a half, or less than 90 minutes?
You forget the TSA two-hour checkpoint penalty, plus the need to get to an airport and then to your destination in the first place... and the "quality of life" factor. I could go on, but needless to say I've had 45 minute flights that were really 4 hour trips of mostly waiting.

BTW, you double track so that you can still be moving while you're going around that insane three mile long freight train that Union Pacific keeps running because they're too cheap to make three mile long siding for it where it meets an Amtrak and would rather delay the passenger train three hours. In which case, you have to make it expensive not to double track.
  by eolesen
 
TSA "two hour" waits are pure hyperbole. In three years of commuting CHI-Texas I never had more than a 25 minute queue for security. It was usually under ten minutes even without PreCheck.

The norm of getting to an airport an hour early is not too different than what people do with Amtrak outside the Acela corridor, especially if tendering checked baggage (which needs to be presented at least 45 minutes before departure on Amtrak).

But it's not about departure process for most travelers... it's about arriving at your destination. People travel for a purpose and arriving a half hour late is always viewed worse than having to arrive an hour early for your departure.

If anything, I'd say the predictability of a commercial flights departing and arriving on time more than offsets any perceived arrival curve penalty.

People voted with their wallets on that issue 50 years ago and continue to do so.

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