1. seems like they were being caught up in some filters. approved now

  2. When he said that in March they had 170,000 passengers, that must be per month right? Which would put it slightly more than 2M/year

  3. Metro North is a commuter railroad with 5 lines and commuter headways. A better comparison would be Thalys which carried 6.5 million passengers in 2022, on a very high-demand route with transit oriented cities. In that context Brightline achieving the equivalent of 2 million per year is remarkable

  4. The Acela isn't as bad as it's often made out to be. It might not have an eye-catching max speed, but in terms of average speed it's as fast as many of the famous european alternatives. The Eurostar has a top speed of 300 km/h, but it only averages 140 km/h. And ultimately it's average speed/ travel time that makes HSR competitive.

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