From Chicago IL to Lincoln, NE.
Quote from: mjmsprt40 on 2015-11-10, 19:40:08From Chicago IL to Lincoln, NE.How many km?It's really strange that by train you take the double of time than by car unless you take the "mail train" that stops for half an hour at each and every small location. Another reason would be if your travel forces you to change trains for ten times...Express trains here (not TGV) runs around 150 - 170km per hour, yours must be around the same thing. Cars hardly can do such average and it's impossible to do it in half the time.I dont use trains anymore while they don't finish with the stupid and abusive non smoking totalitarian law.
All of this while hauling a 1,500 lb pallet of freight with you--- so you see why that doesn't work for me.
Our kid had to go to Boston from NY. The train is scheduled for 5hr 20min, the bus for 4 hr 30 min. The cost of the bus was 1/2 the train price. Even though we like trains, he took the bus.
Train cars are also an order of magnitude more expensive, and though they last longer and carry more, that's a lot of upfront costs to offset. For that reason trains need a much higher volume to break even, and have to compete either on speed or volume.
For that reason trains need a much higher volume to break even, and have to compete either on speed or volume.
At the end of it all I'd still rather have my own ride. Takes me straight to where I wanna go, passengers ride free and I get to pick who. How much time that takes is irrelevant if time isn't important. Still takes less planning than figuring out public transit time tables if it did. I can easily avg 130-145kmh (80-90mph) on the interstate anyway. That's not that fast and I still pass buses.
Perhaps a better business model would be for train companies to expand into the bus & taxi & hire & bicycle markets, so you could buy your ticket to go to your actual destination. That means enormous flexibility in scheduling, maybe a possibility with today's systems.
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