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by af773atmsp
Thu Aug 12, 2021 1:28 pm
Forum: Aviation Hobby
Topic: Air France 77W at MSP (again)
Replies: 0
Views: 926

Air France 77W at MSP (again)

If you look at my username you can probably tell why I was very excited to see Air France schedule a 77W on CDG-MSP yesterday (August 11th). Not only excited but shocked and pleasantly surprised that they did this during a global pandemic. The first time (that I know of) where an Air France 77W was ...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Aug 11, 2021 1:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cuomo Resigns - Kathy Hochul to become NY Gov 8/24
Replies: 29
Views: 2191

Re: Cuomo Resigns - Kathy Hochul to become NY Gov 8/24

I'm guessing Cuomo did not admit to any wrongdoing? I figured if that happened it would've been mentioned already.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Jul 21, 2021 2:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Wildfires in the Western United States
Replies: 59
Views: 3146

Re: Wildfires in the Western United States

Makes you wonder why people build in forests that are supposed to routinely burn. These fires are not “routine” fires the West has historically seen. These are evidence of human caused climate change. Will be very few places left to build that won’t be affected by human caused climate change. Clima...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Jun 29, 2021 11:04 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Sun Country Network Thread 2021
Replies: 81
Views: 4079

Re: Sun country adding MSP to Asheville and West Palm Beach

Wow, Sun Country just pulled a Northwest move. Is it really the best use of those planes?

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by af773atmsp
Mon May 24, 2021 12:58 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered
Replies: 116
Views: 22578

Re: 15 Years ago today- Last B717 delivered

It was simply too big for most airlines to use as a regional jet, but too small to be a mainline aircraft. Bombardier and Embraer were able to eat the 717s lunch with the CRJ-700/900/E170 since they were smaller and more efficient, making them better for high-frequency regional ops, especially afte...

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by af773atmsp
Thu May 13, 2021 2:53 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow

The local politicians get in the way of what the transportation experts recommend. Transit should be planned by independent technical panels, not politicians. America just can’t seem to get good urban transportation done anymore - not in large cities anyway. Some good examples though in smaller pla...

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by af773atmsp
Wed May 12, 2021 1:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Re: Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow

Considering how long we've built railroads you would think something like this wouldn't happen.

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by af773atmsp
Wed May 12, 2021 1:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow
Replies: 9
Views: 1259

Latest in the Honolulu Rail Transit Saga: Train Wheels Too Narrow

https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/infrastructure/news/21221991/hi-honolulus-rail-project-plagued-with-wheels-too-thin-and-tracks-too-wide This project has already had several delays and budget overruns, and now either all the train wheels have to be replaced or the rail has to be replaced. The fir...

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by af773atmsp
Wed May 05, 2021 12:28 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2413

Re: Amtrak turns 50

Upgrading RR tracks does not just help the admittedly marginal passenger trains, it also improves freight trains economics. That freight traffic is an essential part of US transportation, and given improvements could do even better. Exactly. The freight railroads have cut a lot of track capacity si...

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by af773atmsp
Sun May 02, 2021 1:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Amtrak turns 50
Replies: 26
Views: 2413

Amtrak turns 50

50 years ago today the passenger rail network of the US forever changed with the formation of Amtrak. With the federal government's heavy investment in roads, highways, and airports, the railroads were left to fend for themselves. Through the 40s, 50s, and 60s, the passenger rail network across the ...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 26, 2021 8:59 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8556

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

Absolutely none. I'm over 50 and grew up in the deep south. I'm South Indian, and darker than 90% of African Americans. Unlike said African Americans, I have a difficult name to pronounce, have a completely different eastern religion, and I am in no way culturally American EXCEPT when I speak with ...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Apr 24, 2021 2:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

It is quite apparent to me that Chauvin showed absolutely no remorse during and after the verdict was read. He seemed to simply not care, nor does he understand the seriousness of what he did. I think he looked shocked when the guilty verdict was read. His eyes were darting around uncontrollably. I...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Apr 23, 2021 11:52 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: New Air Service Announcement at RST (Rochester, MN)
Replies: 14
Views: 2768

New Air Service Announcement at RST (Rochester, MN)

I saw on RST's Facebook page there will be a new air service announcement on April 27 at 9 AM CDT. Any guesses on what it could be?

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 21, 2021 7:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8556

Re: Your Bad Experiences with the Police

I'm curious what stories you have, no matter where you're from and who you are. Can be anything from just a rude cop to a near death experience (if you're comfortable sharing that of course). My experiences weren't exactly awful, just uncomfortable: First one was back in 2013. I was visiting a frie...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 21, 2021 2:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

Justice prevailed today, and I sincerely hope Chauvin doesn't manage to weasel his way out of this. He did something wrong and now he has to face the consequences of those actions. I also hope this moment is a wake up call to police departments across the country. For those claiming this was mob rul...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:06 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14584

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

https://www.startribune.com/officer-fac ... 600045829/
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Officer Potter, the one who shot Wright, is being charged with second-degree manslaughter.

https://www.startribune.com/officer-fac ... 600045829/

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 14, 2021 5:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14584

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

extender wrote:
How about people stop being stupid? Some people over-complicate things.


Are you implying Daunte Wright was stupid for trying to flee, or the officer was stupid for thinking she had a taser instead of a gun, or both?

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 14, 2021 12:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14584

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

Tell that to Philando Castile. Oh wait you can't, because he died even though he complied and didn't flee. "...can be LARGELY avoided..." Tell that to Justine Damond. Oh wait you can't, she died because an officer got spooked and shot her even though she was the one who called the police.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 14, 2021 4:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14584

Re: Shooting of Daunte Wright

Tensions were already rough with Chauvin trial going on, and this latest police shooting of a black male made it much more severe. Not a good time in the Twin Cities region, that's for sure. 2 days ago in the suburb of Brooklyn Center during a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Daunte Wright...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:48 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Shooting of Daunte Wright
Replies: 181
Views: 14584

Shooting of Daunte Wright

Tensions were already rough with Chauvin trial going on, and this latest police shooting of a black male made it much more severe. Not a good time in the Twin Cities region, that's for sure. 2 days ago in the suburb of Brooklyn Center during a routine traffic stop, officers discovered Daunte Wright ...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Apr 13, 2021 5:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Your Bad Experiences with the Police
Replies: 112
Views: 8556

Your Bad Experiences with the Police

I'm curious what stories you have, no matter where you're from and who you are. Can be anything from just a rude cop to a near death experience (if you're comfortable sharing that of course). My experiences weren't exactly awful, just uncomfortable: First one was back in 2013. I was visiting a frien...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

The Twin Cities region is going into a curfew at 7 PM this evening. What an absolute mess this is.

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by af773atmsp
Sun Apr 11, 2021 9:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

So if the police kill an unarmed Joe Public we should just brush it off and move on?

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norway sees new homicide record 1st quarter 2021. Zero.
Replies: 21
Views: 1734

Re: Norway sees new homicide record 1st quarter 2021. Zero.

Slightly off topic but I believe in 2019 Oslo had zero traffic deaths.

Norway may have issues like any other country, but they have a lot more figured out. Speaking from experience studying there.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 05, 2021 12:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

So maybe instead of blaming the victim, we should hold cops to at least the same standards we hold civilians? Or even higher? Like punishing cops who kill unarmed civilians who were simply living their lives? Sure, when that happens-which is extraordinarily rarely. Somebody somewhere else in cybers...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Apr 02, 2021 7:44 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun
Replies: 40
Views: 9553

Re: Plane used for gender reveal party crashes in Cancun

It's very bizarre to me that on an aviation enthusiast forum, members seem critical of a family hiring an aircraft or inviting an acquaintance who owned one to help celebrate a milestone in a major life event. As to the crash, during the limited period of time the person filming actually managed to...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Apr 02, 2021 6:48 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

Whatever hes convicted of people won't be happy, the city will probably burn, rinse and repeat. “The city” You’re so dramatic. At most a few crappy buildings on a few blocks. You act as if the entire city will be burned to the ground. I'm sure the people who own those "few crappy buildings&quo...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Mar 31, 2021 4:10 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

It matters because the defense can argue that Floyd's cause of death was not due to his restraint but due to an overdose or a combination of health problems. Then the defense shouldn't mind having a knee pressed on their neck for 9 minutes to see how well they handle it. Under what circumstances wi...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Mar 31, 2021 1:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

Why does it matter what he had in his system or that he had a heart condition? What was the motive for a cop to be kneeling on his neck for nine minutes until he died? What was the motivation? I don't care what was in George Floyd's health history. The suspect was subdued. Why did he need to be hel...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Mar 30, 2021 6:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Re: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

How long was Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck? To all the people who think Floyd died of cardiac arrest or some heart condition I'd like to see how they would handle having a knee on their neck for that long. I'm sure no one would want to attempt that. Why? Mainly because it would be quite painful, ...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Mar 30, 2021 3:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Derek Chauvin Trial Underway
Replies: 346
Views: 25035

Derek Chauvin Trial Underway

I sincerely hope justice will prevail in order to hold police accountable for their actions. Several high profile police incidents have happened in recent years just in the Minneapolis region, let alone across the country. If Derek Chauvin is found not guilty I believe it will be one of many failure...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 19, 2021 2:47 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Fast food you avoid
Replies: 68
Views: 4417

Re: Fast food you avoid

I avoid all of it most of the time unless I'm traveling and need a quick bite to eat.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Mar 17, 2021 10:36 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Is it time to consider Racial Profiling of White Males?
Replies: 60
Views: 3545

Re: Is it time to consider Racial Profiling of White Males?

Two wrongs don't make a right. Monitor people based on their behavior and past criminal history (if applicable), not on their skin color. I realize that's much easier said than done, especially in a country like ours where we try our hardest to complicate things and find problems in a solution.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Mar 01, 2021 1:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb
Replies: 46
Views: 2884

Re: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb

I don't understand why we have to be offended that there is white privilege. Because the term "white privilege" is racism itself, pure and simple. Here's a quick & easy, no-fail test for racism: In any phrase or sentence containing the word "white", replace that word with &q...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 11:30 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Give me my car. Most people prefer a mode of travel at their sole command. I think people like to dress mass transit up as some fantastic thing that can replace cars (it can't) or something but to me it is just a piece in the transit puzzle. I am fine with trains and get the issue with airtravel bu...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:21 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

...by anyone who possessed a vehicle approved for use on them, e.g. cars, trucks, and motorcycles. Which is setting a pretty high bar for being able to use them. You must be 18, pass a drivers test (and all associated costs), afford a car and pay for insurance. Also a pretty sucky experience for to...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 12:14 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

It's got nothing to do with the ability to plan, fund, or execute infrastructure projects. It has to do with the integration into already-existing infrastructure, which makes high speed rail totally impractical with the objective of saving time and/or money. "Look, guys, we have this beautiful...

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 24, 2021 4:18 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Eh, you paint with too broad a brush there. Some areas of the country do better than others at major infrastructure projects. California just isn’t one of those places. It's got nothing to do with the ability to plan, fund, or execute infrastructure projects. It has to do with the integration into ...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Feb 16, 2021 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

We have Southwest Airlines we don’t need this. Have you ever tried to fly from anywhere in SoCal to SFO when it is raining, or when there is even one cloud in the sky? Instant three-hour delay. SFO has what is known as the "1-2-3" rule, which is that if there is one cloud in the sky and t...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Feb 16, 2021 7:01 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Autonomous vehicles on designated lanes will be everything from Y class buses (hoping that they consider Y+) to private cars with facilities. Speed will be fast, but it does not have to be as fast as a plane or highspeed rail IF it can be productive time, whether business, studying, or sleeping. Th...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Feb 15, 2021 4:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Buses can't operate at the speeds of high speed rail. On some routes it's a good idea to repurpose highway lanes for buses, but for intercity travel it's probably not going to have a ton of benefit over the status quo.

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 4:53 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway
Replies: 270
Views: 15846

Re: Trump Impeachment "Trial" Underway

Well I just have another reason to never vote Republican. I sincerely hope the GOP crashes and burns. Metaphorically speaking, the GOP has been a runaway freight train carrying toxic sludge, and for four years Trump was at the controls making it go faster and there was almost no attempt to try to sl...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 2:59 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Maintenance happens at night. If you maintain your equipment properly, which you must for HSR, it doesn't break down. How often do planes of major airlines go tech? Very seldom, especially considering how many hours a day they fly. You're putting too much faith in everything running perfectly all t...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:46 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

As long as the switches have high speed turnouts, there's nothing wrong with single track with occasional passing sidings. You'd be surprised at how many trains you can run on a system like that. What happens when the single track is out of service for some reason (broke down train, broken rail, ma...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:36 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

As long as the switches have high speed turnouts, there's nothing wrong with single track with occasional passing sidings. You'd be surprised at how many trains you can run on a system like that. In addition to lengthened journey time due to waiting at sidings, there will also be significant capaci...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

As long as the switches have high speed turnouts, there's nothing wrong with single track with occasional passing sidings. You'd be surprised at how many trains you can run on a system like that. What happens when the single track is out of service for some reason (broke down train, broken rail, ma...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Feb 14, 2021 1:11 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

It also doesn't help that LA's transit expansion has been a mixed bag. They should've bit the bullet with a subway system that serves the densest areas but instead it's mostly light rail and bus rapid transit on or along freeways and abandoned freight rail lines where it's easy to build.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Feb 13, 2021 11:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Re: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

Sorry but for me this is a boondoggle. We have Southwest Airlines we don’t need this. Countries that have fast space between cities without airlines like southwest maybe but this will be a tough one I’m afraid. So what? This is about mobility. These are two high dense cities with lots of economic t...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Feb 13, 2021 6:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation
Replies: 138
Views: 9062

Latest in the California High Speed Rail Saga: Single-Track Operation

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-02-10/high-speed-rail-central-valley-single-track-rising-cost?fbclid=IwAR3X7BrldxQI1rgtBc35jPEYpzhDXvaIwaj2Ivn7FRhNtoACwXD-49kq5XE Cost increases are nothing new for the CAHSR project, but this time the increase has led to the decision of making most of ...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Feb 11, 2021 3:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb
Replies: 46
Views: 2884

Debate over Changing Name of Minnesota Suburb

https://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2021/02/09/debate-arises-anew-over-whether-to-change-the-name-of-coon-rapids/ As a person who lives in the region, I've always known that the name "Coon Rapids" was referring to raccoons. However I understand that for many people, especially those outside the...

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