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  •  The niches are one hour to three hour trips ... (0+ / 0-)

    ... in competition with air, and longer trips ... up to six hours ... in areas underserved by air.

    If you were to do a time-lapse film of a transcontintental passenger train, you would see a steady turnover of passengers, as rather than taking a large number of people from, say, Chicago to LA, it takes large numbers of people on shorter trips that lay along its line of travel.

    The interstate passenger transport task, whether by car, air, motorcoach or rail, is an entirely different transport task than what a trolleybus does.

    And one thing a trolleybus does is reduce the per-mile cost of a given bus route. That means that the pure commercial calculation would dictate a higher frequency of services along that route ... and especially in an environment of rising crude oil prices over the next five years, trolley-buses will be very well placed to capture an increasing share of patronage, which will allow them to drive up their frequency still further. and Energize America

    by BruceMcF on Fri Jun 29, 2007 at 07:37:12 PM PDT

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