STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:02 pmNo. I am the original poster. The main idea of the thread is fixing the problems associated with forced bad ideas in the metro areas of larger terminal cities. If you want to discuss something else, start your own thread.Tadman wrote: ↑Fri Jul 24, 2020 11:15 am Keep in mind that the point of this thread is to solve a serious problem that occurs in a space from 10 miles out to downtown. This problem will never be solved otherwise. We can address station crowding, connections, mass transit, et al... but none will fix the main problem unless the trains go back to their natural stations.You may see it as THE MAIN PROBLEM, but I see it as PART of the MAIN PROBLEM. Moving back to separate terminals is all fine and dandy, but people need to get to those terminals, or else they get into their cars... and you end up wasting money on a failed solution that makes train travel much worse.
Which is what we're telling you. You must look at the bigger picture.
On a side note, as a 15 year resident of Chicago and frequent traveler to New York and Boston, I can firmly tell you that when traveling from outside 5-8 blocks distance from one specific terminal, the average travel time is the same whether its BOS or BON; NYS or NYG; CUS or Randolph or LaSalle.
STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:02 pm Out of your plans, ask yourself these:Yes, Yes, yes. Remember - it works just fine in Boston to do all this.
- Do the natural stations still exist and can fully service/restock the trains?
- Can the trains get to those stations with minimal handoffs?
- Can people actually get to those stations easily without a car or bus?
- Can people get from one station to another easily without a car or bus?
STrRedWolf wrote: ↑Fri Jul 24, 2020 6:02 pm You're aiming to spend a lot of money, but the less you spend and the more "bang for your buck" you get, the better it is for the long haul -- but don't cut it all the way down to "oh, just run everything into CUS, it'll be fine" ($0 of course).I'm looking to spend virtually no money. The goal is to send trains back to their normal terminals not to build anything new. Less running time. Less unplanned delays. More customers. That's a net positive.
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