Discussion about Florida passenger rail operations including proposals. Official web-sites:
Miami/Dade Metrorail, Sunrail (Orlando), and Tri-County Commuter Rail Authority
For Virgin Rail/Brightline: Virgin Trains Worldwide (includes Brightline)

Moderator: Kurt-Trirail

  by frequentflyer
 
Impressed by the details. Designing the rails to be low impact visually, and low maintenance. Why more cities ( hey Austin,TX.) not look into this is beyond me.
  by mp15ac
 
Interesting, but my question is this: Is there enough business for another "rail" line between these two cities, considering that there already is Amtrak (yes, I know not too many people take Amtrak for such a short trip), TriRail, and Virgin Train (BirghtLine).

Maybe if the monorail line is run very close to the shoreline so it isn't duplicating the routes of the other trains.

Stuart
  by andrewjw
 
frequentflyer wrote: Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:45 am Impressed by the details. Designing the rails to be low impact visually, and low maintenance. Why more cities ( hey Austin,TX.) not look into this is beyond me.
One of the largest issues with systems like these is the vendor lock-in. There is usually no way to contract for repairs or parts replacements with anyone but the original builder and the system may have to be torn down and replaced if they ever want to replace the trains. Compare AirTrain JFK to AirTrain EWR. EWR is going to be torn down at the end of its useful life, whereas it will always be possible to get a train running on 750V third rail, 4' 8.5" (even if they abandoned SelTrac and the aluminum propulsion strips).
  by frequentflyer
 
Interesting point about the Vendor lock in. Shocking to hear about the EWR Airtrain being torn down after useful life, I thought BBD was the project lead on that one?
  by andrewjw
 
It is slow, overcrowded, and unreliable. BBD operates it under contract until 2022. They are not involved in the replacement planning, which has not yet selected a mode of transit.
  by Tadman
 
A Ford Pinto or Leyland Pacer would be better than EWR monorail.
  by Nasadowsk
 
Tadman wrote: Fri Jan 03, 2020 3:58 pm A Ford Pinto or Leyland Pacer would be better than EWR monorail.
IIRC, the thing was made by Von Roll,who even told the PA that it wasn't designed for the application. Snowmobiles, inc getting the maintenance contract s no surprise...
  by Tadman
 
I mean, I could fix that stupid EWR train in about six weeks. Open bids to build double-track elevated structure, 4' 8.5", 600-750vdc. Buy 8 retired CTA 2600 cars and refurbish them, or something similar. Or tack on to an order for something new that CTA or NYCTA has on order, maybe 8-10 cars. With spares.

Problem solved. No more monkey business. No more mystery spare parts.