mtuandrew wrote: ↑Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:59 am Triple doors would definitely be nice, Tad. Doesn’t MNRR already own some Shoreliners that could be rebuilt to Amtrak Horizon standard? I’ve been advocating a rebuild program to make surplus Comets/Shoreliners/BTC-CTC cars into intercity equipment110% this works. Look what the surfliners did for California riders, and they're nothing revolutionary. It's basically the concept of a Budd Hi-level or Superliner coach with huge doors and stairs for high volumes of passenger turnover. The Hi-Level is a heavily modified 1930's single level design. It works so well.
mtuandrew wrote: ↑Thu Jan 09, 2020 9:59 am Assuming NYSDOT has learned from the DE/DM-30 and the Turbo program, anyway.At best, we can hope that they've learned for the time being. I follow the John Kenneth Galbraith line of thinking here - they learn the lesson hard with something like DE/DM, curb bad habits for a decade or so, then the bad habits start creeping back in because "things have changed" and "we don't make those kinds of mistakes anymore" and then BOOOOMMMMMMMMM disaster strikes again.
Galbraith's work deals with economics and monetary policy, and his above work was with regard to credit standards loosening. But it applies to human behavior in any transactions. TLDR we forget our mistakes or rationalize our behavior in a cycle.
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