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  1. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Brightline is not intended as transportation between OIA & WDW. It is inter-city rail, bringing passengers from Miami & Tampa to Orlando, including WDW. Brightline trains will run hourly at the most, which is no substitute for DME. Disney probably dumped ME for the same reason they started...
  2. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Attached is the actual schedule from the presentation to the Orange County Board of County Commissioners. Segment 1 is MCO to Disney; Segment 2 is Disney to Tampa.
  3. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    Sure, but that's totally different from the Skyliner, which was intended to take a major load off the buses. I'm not saying Skyliner is the best solution from AK to AKL, and I'm not convinced it's practical as property-wide transit. I'm just saying it was envisioned as the primary mode of...
  4. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    The walk from Boardwalk to DHS is about 0.8 mi. But how many guests choose to walk rather than ride? I think a relatively small fraction. Asking guests to walk a mile to get just to the entrance of a park would not make them happy. That's not free theme park transportation.
  5. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    Yes, it's well under 1 mph at the load platform. If there's any problem, the cm's can slow it down further.
  6. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    The HOA letter to the CFX board said that the original ROW agreement for SR-417 explicitly gives homeowners north of a certain line the right to sue for damages if HSR is ever built. At yesterday's CFX board meeting, both the Brightline VP & the CFX board members seemed to think that Hunters...
  7. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    No, strollers board with everyone else, onto the slowly moving cabins. Most single strollers can be rolled on; double strollers must be folded and carried on.
  8. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    Yes. The loading thru the main boarding area was only because the designated wheelchair cabins that are automatically routed to the wheelchair boarding area could not keep up with the number of wheelchair parties waiting to board, and there was surplus capacity of able-bodied cabins. Cabins...
  9. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    I experienced an interesting procedure today. I was traveling from CBR to Epcot around noon with a mobility scooter. There was about a 15 minute wait, down and up the unused south ramp followed by a couple of switchbacks. Wheelchairs were being directed to the end of the queue, and diverted...
  10. J

    News New Gondola Transportation - Disney Skyliner - Every Possible What If ....? Has Been Discussed.

    The front-line cm's only clear a cabin to depart the load zone. Once it leaves the load position, all the switching, merging, and movement is controlled by the computer.
  11. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Yes, I would hope so. They're limited by the availability of rolling stock, and the trains are semi-permanently coupled, meaning cars have to be added in the maintenance shop (I don't know how long that takes.) But maybe they'll have one or 2 extra trains they could bring online, and they...
  12. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Currently, each train holds something in the area of 250 passengers. If the average family unit size is 3, that's about 80 fewer automobiles on the evacuation route per hour. Train size is expected to increase as ridership increases.
  13. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    They're working on service from NOLA as far as Mobile; I think state of Alabama is chipping in. CSX and the Port of Mobile are fighting it, claiming it would interfere with freight service to the port. No news on continuing into FL; that's the part I heard CSX sold off. ETA: The route still...
  14. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Just the opposite. From what I've heard, it was always a very slow route. And now much of the route has been sold to a local freight line, which means it's maintained to an even lower standard. But hopefully it could be brought back to it's former state, or even upgraded. We where?
  15. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    No, because Brightline (or the HSR that's been peripherally discussed here) would have dedicated track, and new mainline construction will be completely grade-separated. They may share the track with local commuter rail, but their agreement with FDOT on the Cocoa-Orlando segment prohibits the...
  16. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I guess they don't realize how darn hot & sticky it gets until it's too late. :)
  17. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    Yes, we do, but the major reason is clear: Amtrak runs on tracks which are owned and controlled by profit-oriented freight railroads. Not all, but most Amtrak delays result from the freight railroads failing to give passenger trains priority over freight, as they are required to do by a law...
  18. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    No, pre-COVID. I'm speaking mainly from my experience as a bus driver from 2005-2014. During the last few years of my tenure, it was pretty common: just about every morning during spring break and most weekends during the peak summer months. And I heard that it was even more frequent the...
  19. J

    Rumor Higher Speed Rail from MCO to Disney World

    I-4 from WDW to Tampa is 65 mi. The TGV, a HSR technology common in Europe, accelerates to 199 mph in 5.3 minutes within 11.2 mi. That leaves 53.8 mi. to run at top speed, minus distance for deceleration. The Japanese bullet train accelerates to 170 mph in 3 minutes. It's has a lower top...
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