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  • HowieDash@aol.com
    Ok, since we re back alive again, here s a question. Amtrak s 98 page business and capital plan now lists Phoenix-Tuscon as one of the proposed corridors,
    Message 1 of 2 , Feb 14, 2001
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      Ok, since we're back alive again, here's a question.

      Amtrak's 98 page business and capital plan now lists Phoenix-Tuscon as one of
      the proposed corridors, though it is listed in the "other" group. How do we
      get that line as well as the restoration of the Sunset to Phoenix (can
      someone say Phoenix to LA corridor?) to the front burner?

      Howie Dash
    • rfriedma@pacbell.net
      Get McCain off his anti-Amtrak crusade. Tell him clearly and consistently he ll get no votes from you til he supports Amtrak at least to the extent he backs
      Message 2 of 2 , Mar 22, 2001
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        Get McCain off his anti-Amtrak crusade. Tell him clearly and consistently he'll get no votes from you 'til he supports Amtrak at least to the extent he
        backs the military. Tell him Amtrak's cost recovery ratio is higher than the military's.

        Then get the States of Arizona and California to support the concept. Caltrans already has included Los Angels -- Palm Springs service twice daily
        by 2008-2009. With Arizona support that could be Los Angeles -- Palm Springs -- Phoenix --Tucson service with at least three round trips daily to
        provide day travel in both directions between Tucson and Phoenix as well as overnight service between Los Angeles and day service between os
        Angeles and Palm Springs (maybe Yuma!)

        Then the states and local agencies figure out how much it will cost to make the project happen, including the cost of restoring service to Phoenix,
        track and signal work, overnight facilities, new (and rehabilitated) stations, etc. Then Arizona and California and their congressional delegations
        lobby to get those funds.

        Then the states and local groups figure out how, when, and where to promote the service. Not just in the Sun Belt, but also in other parts of the
        Country and Canada where many visitors come from. Identify the tourist attractions near the stations, what draws the people, the universities, etc.
        and prepare the advertising. Work with Amtrak sales and local school districts as has been done in California, Washington, and Oklahoma to
        encourage local trips. Work with the military to use Amtrak to carry personnel between surviving military installations.

        Probably wouldn't take more than four or five years after McClain either comes around or is replaced!
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