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    commuter rail attempt linking Burlington with points south

    This is not what I thought I'd be when I grew up.

    by itzik shpitzik on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 12:16:23 PM PST

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    •  Don't know Vermont, but I can't imagine ... (0+ / 0-)

      ... that it has a big subsidiary public transport network to act as feeders for a Boston bound commuter.

      But there are examples of re-establishing regional stopping trains which would, at the same time, build up that network. A two-train DMU service can provide quite a substantial backbone, and with integrated schedules with buses can shorten average bus routes, allowing bus services to operate with greater frequency ...

      ... and who knows ... with enough strengthening of the public transport feeder system, could support a commuter train.

      Was this the project before the Vermonter? The service that was about to get a massive upgrade in terms of units with much lower cost of operation, and then the governor pulled out of the deal in some political grand-stand stunt?

      •  No the state's been subsidizing... (0+ / 0-)

        ...the 2 Amtrak routes for a number of years. This was actually a Howard Dean stunt (sorry, but it was done for show without much thought), but it was discontinued under Gov. Douglas.

        This is not what I thought I'd be when I grew up.

        by itzik shpitzik on Tue Dec 16, 2008 at 12:30:38 PM PST

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        •  Without much thought suggests that there ... (0+ / 0-)

          ... probably wasn't much work in integrating the existing public transport services to provide best possible access to the service.

          Of course, a lot of the successful efforts to start up passenger rail services have been in other countries, and we Americans would sometimes prefer borrowing an inappropriate plan from elsewhere in the US to learning from the experience of people in other countries.

          Its final week, so with grading and all I don't know when I can read up on that episode, but I'll try to get around to it this weekend.

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