Brightline ridership

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Posted by Overmod on Monday, April 30, 2018 3:20 PM

I can't take credit for that term.

It's British, and refers to something a bit different from what's been discussed for service 'enhancements' to Brightline.

It initially referred to "improving" the Underground system in the London area (which uses a map with various colored lines, as done with several systems in the States now) by making lines with crayon of the appropriate color to connect up the desired service ... whether or not there might be some cost, or technical complexity, or other reason, why actually building the route might be difficult or inadvisable.  Drawing the line is usually followed by some flavor of 'if you build it they will come'.

In the case of the Brightline 'northern expansion', the business model is in place, and I'm reasonably sure that if a case can be made for it eventually, once the existing development plan has been demonstrated effective and the existing financial commitments are satisfied (or at least sterilized) the service can be expanded in many, perhaps most, of the ways described.   Whether that's the best use of available capital is another matter, but at least it's not pie-in-the-sky let's run Brightline north of Atlanta, or up through Pittsfield, because passengers will be there eventually.

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Posted by BaltACD on Saturday, May 12, 2018 12:24 PM


Never too old to have a happy childhood!

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Posted by ROBERT WILLISON on Sunday, May 13, 2018 10:50 AM

Bright line opening maimicentral will boost ridership. Not only on the cummter front. But with all the international flights into Mia, it will make a logical and easy connection to the gold coast.

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