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  •  I haven't tried Amtrak in years but (12+ / 0-)

    would love to use it to get from Sac to OC in a reasonable time.  I find it pathetic that, in a state with this many commuters, you have to get off the train and get on a bus for several legs of the journey.  I would certainly take a bullet train and visit my daughter much more often.  I am old enough that the drive is a bit too long, and the airplane a bit too inconvenient (and sometimes expensive).

    On a lighter note, when my daughter lived in OC and commuted to Torrance, public transport would have taken her 3 hours each way.  Everything went straight into LA and then she would have had to backtrack.

    Pretty sad.  

    •  I've done the trip-with-bus many times (7+ / 0-)

      It's more doable than I would have originally predicted, but it is a really obnoxious interruption to have to take the bus across at Tehachapi, made worse by the fact that you have to wait in the station to reconnect to the train.

      It's still my preferred way to go to LA or SD, because the endpoints I need are better served by train.

      Getting the segment in the middle back to a train with a tight connection (or better, no connection, so you can sleep and not schlep) and taking even just two hours off the north-to-south trip makes it far better. If they can get it down to three hours I'd do it several times a year.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:08:15 PM PDT

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      •  Its not clear that they will be ... (3+ / 0-)
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        ... using the Antelope Valley line, nor where the initial operating service will run, but if its Burbank, that connects to the Surfliner for a two-seat ride to/from San Diego, and the Antelope Valley and Ventura Metrolink services.

        I do think that there's a lot to like about coupling locomotives when it gets to the end of the HSR corridor and just continuing on the San Joaquin route. There'd be a halt at Merced, but no need to leave your seat in the middle of the rail journey.

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        by BruceMcF on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 07:27:03 PM PDT

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        •  Either coast or inland would be fine with me (2+ / 0-)
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          Not sure how they would find a route that deals with the grade between Paso Robles and San Luis Obispo aside from the one that's already in use to capacity.

          Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

          by elfling on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 08:53:52 PM PDT

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          •  Problem with the coast ... (4+ / 0-)
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            is not enough oportunity to stretch its legs.

            But as far as Rapid Rail,  an Express cutoff would go exactly in the section north of SLO ~ not just due to the superelevation for higher spped around the curves, but also the steeper track that's possible can cut the zig-zag to half the length.

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            by BruceMcF on Sun Apr 01, 2012 at 10:27:03 PM PDT

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    •  You have to take a bus because (1+ / 0-)
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      we can't shove collectivism down people's throats.

      I find it pathetic that, in a state with this many commuters, you have to get off the train and get on a bus for several legs of the journey.
      Also, Real Men advocate for shitty infrastructure policies, because things that make life better and easier for everyone are for wimps (see also: HCR).

      Paternity rules, fraternity drools. - Rick Santorum (paraphrased)

      by VictorLaszlo on Mon Apr 02, 2012 at 10:00:39 AM PDT

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