Current Topics
Is it too soon to be talking 2020?
by pondering_it_all
Today at 07:39 AM
The Debate: Is America’s future capitalist or socialist?
by rporter314
Yesterday at 06:24 PM
Takeover
by chunkstyle
Yesterday at 03:11 PM
Political Correctness run amok
by pondering_it_all
Yesterday at 05:58 AM
The Green New Deal, explained
by pondering_it_all
Yesterday at 05:44 AM
The NYC/Amazon Deal
by pondering_it_all
Yesterday at 05:19 AM
RoundTable for February 2019
by pdx rick
02/18/19 03:40 AM
Great white sharks likely pushed the massive megalodon to extinction
by Jeffery J. Haas
02/17/19 08:30 PM
The Passing Parade: Obituaries: 2019
by Golem
02/16/19 10:22 PM
Trump's New Toy - NATIONAL EMERGENCY
by NW Ponderer
02/16/19 01:42 AM
Middle East Conference
by jgw
02/15/19 05:35 PM
Justice is coming
by pondering_it_all
02/15/19 04:23 AM
Epitaphs
by logtroll
02/15/19 01:48 AM
The Twilight Zone - All Openings (1959 - 2002)
by Ken Condon
02/14/19 10:45 PM
Why are Republicans So Afraid of AOC and Omar?
by rporter314
02/14/19 09:05 PM
SMR (Small modular reactor)
by Greger
02/13/19 08:37 PM
A possible run on America?
by jgw
02/13/19 06:54 PM
the guy who used to own starbucks
by jgw
02/13/19 06:47 PM
Healthcare
by jgw
02/13/19 06:43 PM
It can never happen here!
by Greger
02/12/19 10:16 PM
Forum Stats
6248 Members
58 Forums
16495 Topics
284420 Posts

Max Online: 294 @ 12/06/17 12:57 AM
Google Adsense
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2
Topic Options
#304681 - 12/28/17 12:49 AM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: NW Ponderer]
matthew Offline
newbie

Registered: 03/24/16
Posts: 353
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.
,
_________________________
Once, weapons were manufactured to fight wars; today, wars are manufactured to sell weapons

It is far easier to deceive folks than to convince them they are deceived

Top
#304689 - 12/28/17 08:50 AM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: jgw]
pondering_it_all Offline
veteran

Registered: 02/27/06
Posts: 8242
Loc: North San Diego County
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.

Top
#304692 - 12/28/17 11:00 PM Re: Train wreck in Washington State [Re: jgw]
jgw Offline
enthusiast

Registered: 05/22/06
Posts: 2319
Loc: Port Angeles, WA
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........

Top
Page 2 of 2 < 1 2

Who's Online
0 registered (), 40 Guests and 1 Spider online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Newest Members
TrentonP, Nosf50, erumonej, Jensen Breck, Albertapkr
6248 Registered Users
A2