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Old November 19th, 2015, 12:51 PM   #3041
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A quick look at the maps show the huge potential in cross-border traffic (as all as intercity rail in Texas). A line between San Antonio and Monterrey would also serve Laredo/Nuevo Laredo with a combined population of 640,000.

See this map: http://osm.org/go/TpcT4V-?layers=T
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Old November 19th, 2015, 02:29 PM   #3042
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To be fair, I think it may be more the fact that that particular article refers to the proposal as a "commuter line," when it most certainly would not be...
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Old November 19th, 2015, 09:40 PM   #3043
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Indeed referring to it as a commuter line threw me off Well if there's enough demand and security build it and i'm sure they will come. It should be Electrified , enough with this diesel Intercity BS.
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Old November 21st, 2015, 12:01 PM   #3044
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Old November 21st, 2015, 12:03 PM   #3045
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Waaaa , that's the craziest proposal ive heard in years...
Mexico is not really like Hollywood movies, you should already know. Much less Monterrey (city is even richer than some cities in southern Texas).











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Mexican shoppers spend more than $4.5 billion a year in Texas border cities, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas. Fed economists estimated in March that Mexican border crossers account for 58 percent of retail sales in Laredo and 42 percent in McAllen. Border agencies tally nearly 40 million legal visits a year by Mexicans coming to Texas for leisure activities.
There are sources that I read, they say that even Mexicans (mainly from Monterrey) account for 27% of employment in cities such as Laredo, Brownsville and McAllen.

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Old November 21st, 2015, 03:17 PM   #3046
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New Departure Board at Newark Penn Station


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Old November 21st, 2015, 05:10 PM   #3047
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What's with the skeuomorphic design though? It won't be displaying the Disneyland Express arrival times, so they could've skipped that.
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Old November 21st, 2015, 05:12 PM   #3048
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Mexico is not really like Hollywood movies, you should already know. Much less Monterrey (city is even richer than some cities in southern Texas).
The article was dumb for referring to the proposal as a "commuter" line.
That's what Nexis was referring to...

I think he's intelligent enough to understand there's a case to be made for connecting the two markets
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Old November 21st, 2015, 05:35 PM   #3049
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What's with the skeuomorphic design though? It won't be displaying the Disneyland Express arrival times, so they could've skipped that.
Whats wrong with the design? This is one of the nicer boards they installed over the last few years... Each Staircase has a separate board and there are 10 TV monitor per platform...in addition to tv monitors in each waiting room and a few in the concourses...
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Old November 21st, 2015, 06:45 PM   #3050
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If you would have read my comment, you would know.

+Everyone who has the tiniest bit of knowledge on graphic design knows that all-caps is really bad for readability. You can use as many fancy LCD color displays as you wish, but if your design isn't better than an old fashioned design, why use it? This sign is very ugly, but at least it's very clear and easy to read. Functionality + LCD displays = good signage
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Old November 24th, 2015, 01:42 AM   #3051
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If you would have read my comment, you would know.

+Everyone who has the tiniest bit of knowledge on graphic design knows that all-caps is really bad for readability. You can use as many fancy LCD color displays as you wish, but if your design isn't better than an old fashioned design, why use it? This sign is very ugly, but at least it's very clear and easy to read. Functionality + LCD displays = good signage
Agreed. All caps is the least of that sign's problems. Too much is going on that has no real point. The boxy colours telling you what the line is called, followed by an unreadable logo are pointless. You can tell that by the destination anyway. It looks like they were copying airport signage where the airline is important info, if anything it should be on the right, not between the destination and the status. The most difficult thing to locate on that sign is the platform, which is crazy. The German sign you have shown tells you loads more info in the same space. Surely it is important to show the intermediate stops.
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Old November 24th, 2015, 04:23 AM   #3052
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Its similar to the old board


Solari Departure Board at Newark Penn Station
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Old November 24th, 2015, 02:51 PM   #3053
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I know. And It doesn't look like it should be very iconic, since it's not that beautiful nor practical. That's why I don't understand why they went for skeuomorphic design. Read the linked article.
If you are going to spend so much money replacing the thing, why not try to improve it?
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Old November 28th, 2015, 10:37 AM   #3054
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Its similar to the old board


Solari Departure Board at Newark Penn Station
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...And that's the problem. We already have a fair idea of digital display boards' design criteria. The new Newark Penn board looks too busy and clunky -- mimicking the old skeumorphic system without its texture.
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Old November 28th, 2015, 11:47 AM   #3055
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I just realized it doesn't even have the current time listed.
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Old November 29th, 2015, 01:39 AM   #3056
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I like the old sign better actually!
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Brand new Solari Board in Newark



I change my mind this looks horrendous...
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Video from Trainman1971

Amtrak NE Corridor: Thanksgiving Sunday 2015



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Once again, it is the Sunday after Thanksgiving, the busiest travel day of the year for Amtrak. With hordes of people heading home from the holiday, Amtrak adds every available coach to trains, and operates several extra trains, including four using commuter equipment borrowed from MARC and NJ Transit.

This video was shot at six locations along the NE Corridor between 10:10am and 10:10pm. This video also may well be the last I shoot to feature Amtrak AEM-7 and MARC HHP-8 motors, and thus, catching two of each on this day is a bonus.

Among all the various Regional, Acela, and commuter trains seen, the following trains of special note also appear throughout this video, in order of listing:
Holiday Extra #1054 - HHP-8/MARC Sumitomo set
Regional #143 - "Veterans" ACS-64 642 leading
Regional #140 - AEM-7AC 939 leading
Holiday Extra #1057 - NJ Transit Arrow set
Holiday Extra #1056 - HHP-8/MARC Sumitomo set w/cafe on rear
Holiday Extra #1099 - NJ Transit Arrow set
Regional #87 - AEM-7AC leading
Holiday Extra #1063 - HHP-8/MARC Sumitomo set
Carolinian #80 - "Veterans" ACS-64 642 leading
Holiday Extra #1058 - NJ Transit Arrow set
Holiday Extra #1082 - NJ Transit Arrow set
Holiday Extra #1065 - HHP-8/MARC Sumitomo set w/cafe on rear
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 08:02 AM   #3059
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Somewhat obscure but beautiful stations:

Worcester, Massachusetts


Albuquerque, New Mexico


Omaha, Nebraska


Buffalo, NY


Richmond, Virginia


Barstow, California


San Bernardino, California


Kansas City, Kansas


Boise, Montana


Scranton, Pennsylvania


Utica, NY


Nashville, Tennessee


Indianapolis, Indiana


San Diego, California


Salt Lake City, Utah


Ogden, Utah


Springfield, Illinois


Tacoma, Washington


Louisville, Kentucky


St. Louis, Missouri


Oklahoma City, Oklahoma


Topeka, Kansas


Cheyenne, Wyoming


Chattanooga, Tennessee


San Antonio, Texas

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/...rain-stations/
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Old December 3rd, 2015, 10:29 PM   #3060
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How many of those have been converted to non-train use and how many are still in use as rail stations?

Off the top of my head, I know at least St Louis, Buffalo, and Tacoma are no longer train stations.
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