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#304681 - 12/28/17 12:49 AM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: NW Ponderer]
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Originally Posted By: NW Ponderer
The route change only takes 7 minutes off the current schedule, but moves the route off of a BNSF (freight) line to one owned by Puget sound transit (commuter line). The wreck occurred on the BNSF portion of the track. The rationale for the move was that the new line gave priority to Amtrak, rather than the freight carried by BNSF. Currently Amtrak trains get sidelined to allow freight to go first - the primary reason for delays by far.

I rode the Amtrak from Seattle to Los Angeles a few years ago and was appalled by its third-world character. What a difference when I have been in somewhat civilized countries and ridden their train systems which are actually modern!

The passenger train was pulled onto sidings for long periods to make way for freight trains. The posted schedule for arrival in Los Angeles was a joke, and I missed my connections. I should count myself lucky that I survived the thoroughly distasteful experience.
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#304689 - 12/28/17 08:50 AM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: jgw]
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Freight trains get priority? Consider the economic realities. Freight trains contribute immensely to the US economy because freight transport of goods is so much cheaper than interstate trucks. Passenger rail on the other hand, loses more money if more passengers ride! So this priority scheme makes perfect sense.

Train travel is much nicer but I think riding Greyhound is cheaper and quicker. If they would just take out the torture seats and replace them with bunk beds I bet they could fit just as many people in and it could be MUCH more comfortable.

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#304692 - 12/28/17 11:00 PM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: jgw]
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The Republicans have, basically, one goal and that is to get rid of what they call our "Entitlement Economy". They have never wavered on this one nor have they hidden the agenda. The thing is that, unlike the Democrats, they stick to their goals through hell and highwater and Amtrak is part of the Entitled activities of gov which are considered anathema. So, over the last few years they have been chipping away. Now, however, they see light at the end of the tunnel and are going flat out to get rid of stuff like Amtrak, medicare, medicaid, housing, education, social security, etc. These are ALL considered part of what they hate and work diligently to get rid of. Their answer to the "what will we do" folks is to issue some kind of grant which they can then easily reduce, bit by bit, until there is no support.

I won't even start with how the dems respond because, basically, they don't........

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