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Old May 25th, 2009, 04:23 AM   #1501
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Speaking of Amtrak Cascades

I had a pleasure of taking this ride. Being used to taking the train in Europe was a bit shocked when I saw the slow process of boarding plus manual assignment of seats on little stickers... It's easier to board Eurostar to Paris, really! And then when we approached Steilacoom the train stopped and the crew announced that they had to walk to bridge to check if it was safe Otherwise, very comfortable journey, large seats, quiet ride. And the train driver was great - guy obviously loves his job, his welcome message was one of a kind

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King Street Station Seattle:







The train...













Inside the coach car:











Walking to the dining car:









Arrival at the Portland's Union Station:







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Old May 25th, 2009, 08:48 AM   #1502
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Hey when are they gonna start building the California high speed rail between SF and SD?

I believe the prop has passed the last elections. Is California gonna pay for it, or is Obama gonna include it in the stimulus? I thought he wanted to invest in CO2 emissions reduction, a high speed train linking California's cities would definitely help!

Are they stuck in the beaureucratic process, or are they actually gonna start building this vital infrastructure any time soon?
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Old May 25th, 2009, 11:11 PM   #1503
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The engineering is well under way, but given the terrible state of California's public finances, I don't expect the groundbreaking to occur soon.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 06:51 AM   #1504
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Amtrak SUCKS!

One time I was in the middle of Iowa and took a train to Chicago.... the train arrived in Iowa with a 12 hour delay and took an extra 2-3 hours to get to Chicago!

It's worse than Italian railways!
The disillusionment of riders who travel on long-distance Amtrak trains has me scared of the rest of the Amtrak system, but that said, you should at least try the Pacific Surfliner between LA and SD. That train runs a lot faster.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 06:59 AM   #1505
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The engineering is well under way, but given the terrible state of California's public finances, I don't expect the groundbreaking to occur soon.
Obama doesn't wanna help?

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The disillusionment of riders who travel on long-distance Amtrak trains has me scared of the rest of the Amtrak system, but that said, you should at least try the Pacific Surfliner between LA and SD. That train runs a lot faster.
Oh yeah? I guess I should try it one day
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Old May 27th, 2009, 07:51 AM   #1506
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obamas contributing about 1 billion a year for high speed rail and the bonds that have been reserved for the CHSR have not been sold yet.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 11:22 AM   #1507
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Hey Bart, when was your Seattle trip?

King Street station is in the process of undergoing a major renovation:

http://www.seattle.gov/transportation/kingstreet.htm

They've replaced the roof on both the main terminal and clock tower with the original style terra cotta tiles, removed the microwave antena, refurbished the clock, removed the drop ceiling in the main terminal, and restored to original ornate ceilings.
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Old May 27th, 2009, 12:34 PM   #1508
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End of AUG '08. I've spent 2 weeks in WA and OR and enjoyed it very much. You live in a great city
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Old May 28th, 2009, 08:49 AM   #1509
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Obama doesn't wanna help?
The Federal budget is in even worse shape than the California state budget (The US Treasury Department just reported in the last day or so that income tax revenues are off over 30% compared with last year).



(And *DON'T* get me started on Wisconsin's state budget - our state deficit is worse on a per-capita basis than even California's!)



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Old June 14th, 2009, 07:20 PM   #1510
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Ohio towns lobby for stops on Amtrak plan
14 June 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As Amtrak studies a proposed passenger rail line linking Ohio's major cities, small towns along the 250-mile route are lobbying hard not to be left behind.

Galion city manager Dave Oles says a train station is just the sort of hub that can spark new economic development.

In Riverside, city officials already have drawn up plans for a train station that would feed travelers to the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Amtrak is studying what it would take to run 79-mph trains along existing freight tracks connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Gov. Ted Strickland wants the project funded with at least $250 million in federal stimulus money.

Amtrak's study, which will include preferred stops, is expected by the end of August.
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Old June 14th, 2009, 09:16 PM   #1511
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The Federal budget is in even worse shape than the California state budget (The US Treasury Department just reported in the last day or so that income tax revenues are off over 30% compared with last year).



(And *DON'T* get me started on Wisconsin's state budget - our state deficit is worse on a per-capita basis than even California's!)



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well yeah but we're gonna have an increase in government borrowing for federal projects... my question was can we not put the high speed rail system between SF and SD in that too?
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Old June 17th, 2009, 05:14 AM   #1512
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The people want more rail transit. Just read the article posted by hksyline about small town Ohio mayors lobbying for stops in their towns.

Now is the time to expand and upgrade rail service in the U.S.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 03:26 AM   #1513
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The people want more rail transit. Just read the article posted by hksyline about small town Ohio mayors lobbying for stops in their towns.

Now is the time to expand and upgrade rail service in the U.S.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 11:03 AM   #1514
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The people want more rail transit. Just read the article posted by hksyline about small town Ohio mayors lobbying for stops in their towns.

Now is the time to expand and upgrade rail service in the U.S.
Or look at ridership figures for the past 6 years or so...
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Old June 19th, 2009, 11:19 PM   #1515
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well yeah but we're gonna have an increase in government borrowing for federal projects... my question was can we not put the high speed rail system between SF and SD in that too?
at a later date.
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Old June 19th, 2009, 11:43 PM   #1516
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Ohio towns lobby for stops on Amtrak plan
14 June 2009

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - As Amtrak studies a proposed passenger rail line linking Ohio's major cities, small towns along the 250-mile route are lobbying hard not to be left behind.

Galion city manager Dave Oles says a train station is just the sort of hub that can spark new economic development.

In Riverside, city officials already have drawn up plans for a train station that would feed travelers to the U.S. Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Amtrak is studying what it would take to run 79-mph trains along existing freight tracks connecting Cleveland, Columbus, Dayton and Cincinnati. Gov. Ted Strickland wants the project funded with at least $250 million in federal stimulus money.

Amtrak's study, which will include preferred stops, is expected by the end of August.

Yea I want Amtrak to have a stop in Columbus. Its hard to believe that one of the nations top 20 cities (Columbus) has NO rail service what-so-ever!! I'm over it
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Old June 20th, 2009, 03:22 AM   #1517
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I think Columbus,OH is the largest city in the US with no form of rail transit whatsoever.

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Old June 22nd, 2009, 09:50 PM   #1518
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Actually, Phoenix is the largest U.S. city without Amtrak service. There is a stop about 37 miles to the south in Maricopa for Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle trains.

Nahsville, Memphis, Des Moines, St. Petersburgh, Las Vegas, and Louisville are other major cities without Amtrak service.

Many other cities have one train a day such as Indianapolis and Atlanta.
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 01:49 AM   #1519
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Actually, Phoenix is the largest U.S. city without Amtrak service. There is a stop about 37 miles to the south in Maricopa for Sunset Limited and Texas Eagle trains.

Nahsville, Memphis, Des Moines, St. Petersburgh, Las Vegas, and Louisville are other major cities without Amtrak service.

Many other cities have one train a day such as Indianapolis and Atlanta.
jeez compared to Europe or Japan that is crazy!
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Old June 23rd, 2009, 02:10 AM   #1520
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jeez compared to Europe or Japan that is crazy!
The largest settlement I've ever seen without rail access is my grandmother's village of 200...
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