kilroy wrote:Most suburbanites are afraid the riff-raff from the city will jump a train to rob their house. Now way "those people" would ever steal a car and drive to their home to rob them.
Any built up area, be it a city or series of townships needs to have transit to be sustainable. Imagine NYC with no rail at all. It would be a huge mess & people would go to where its easier to get around. I guess what i'm really getting at, is that there seems to be an ideological divide where some people simply do not see rail transport as worth having for any number of reasons they think are fact, and the people like some of us that see rails as a high capacity vehicle for getting around without having to use your car for the entire trip.
I'm going to reference my trip to canada for this one...... I got picked up at 1 am and dropped off at trenton. I then paid 68 dollars for a one way ticket to niagara falls, ontario, from trenton. At around 05:30 after waiting 4 hours in a cold station (it was in the single digits to teens outside), i hopped the train to NYP. I then found the check in desk used for the maple leaf & adirondack, checked in, then got in line. Canadian bound people boarded first, in the amfleet 2 car at the front of the train. I put my stuff on the racks, helped one person do same, then sat and got my railfan on looking out the window & taking photos/vid for the next however many hours. The trip was relaxing, the view was amazing, and i had a great time.
Fast forward one week later, time to drive back to levittown (where my girlfriend at the time lived, she was visiting home over winter break). We leave around 11:30 PM, and we stop at tim hortons in cortland, where i take over driving the rest of the 226 miles. 4 hours of throughway/turnpike driving later, we arrive and we both go to sleep.
I would take the train anywhere over driving. No stops for gas, bathrooms and food are on board and reasonable. Some people cannot even process such a trip and would torture themselves flying a intercity shuttle (the kind that are often delayed & constantly bumpy due to lower altitude route). How are you gonna convince those people that think trains are still steam powered with Mr. Conductor that the light rail is needed? You gotta sell it to them, since it is their tax dollars.
Transit agencies need salespeople here, because we are train stupid. We had crumbling service since 1948, who in their right mind would ride a system totally alien to them due to how much service was lost since ww2? It's a mental and emotional thing, not a logic thing.