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Forum: Intercity and Regional 07-04-2007, 01:34
Replies: 102
Views: 15,707
Posted By houstyl
Good idea in theory but knowing IE, in practice...

Good idea in theory but knowing IE, in practice it wouldn't be implemented at all or else in a half-assed fashion similar to the fining of people without tickets seen on other threads.

Will the new...
Forum: Dublin Galway 06-04-2007, 01:57
Replies: 0
Views: 5,168
Posted By houstyl
[05-04-2007] 0915 Galway-Dublin

Train was a Mk II, there was some sort of problem with the PA (I think in all the carriages) which gave off a buzzing noise when train was stationary and incredibly loud 'static' - loud enough to...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 06-04-2007, 01:43
Replies: 102
Views: 15,707
Posted By houstyl
Odd that, had booked A27 myself on the 1905...

Odd that, had booked A27 myself on the 1905 Dublin-Galway tonight too and the seat didn't exist either (no cards over any seats either)

TBH I'd personally be on the verge of giving up on the...
Forum: Dublin Limerick 29-03-2007, 16:08
Replies: 5
Views: 6,859
Posted By houstyl
The line speed Ennis-Limerick is pretty useless...

The line speed Ennis-Limerick is pretty useless alright even after the relay in 2003. I can appreciate the limit as the line curves around Limerick city but in the countryside between Ennis and...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 09-03-2007, 15:16
Replies: 12
Views: 3,038
Posted By houstyl
Cheers for the article link NJ didn't realise it...

Cheers for the article link NJ didn't realise it was online. 18 bus departure between Galway and Limerick a day between Citylink and Bus Eireann. IIRC the high level of bus departures to Navan was...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 09-03-2007, 01:48
Replies: 12
Views: 3,038
Posted By houstyl
Might be stealing yer thunder a bit :D , but...

Might be stealing yer thunder a bit :D , but there was an article in this week's Clare People saying that the IE business case for Ennis-Athenry failed - this was found out under an FOI request. A...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 22-02-2007, 15:14
Replies: 17
Views: 5,124
Posted By houstyl
There was what looked to be one of these new...

There was what looked to be one of these new buses parked outside the Great Southern in Eyre Square today. Seems like an utter waste using them in Galway, the potential for right of way/segregation...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 10-11-2006, 23:48
Replies: 102
Views: 15,707
Posted By houstyl
Will fire a letter off to them, quite peeved by...

Will fire a letter off to them, quite peeved by the whole pointlessness of going to the trouble of booking the ticket online when it isn't enforced.

Arrow to Ennis wasn't full of course, just...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 10-11-2006, 22:50
Replies: 102
Views: 15,707
Posted By houstyl
17.05 Heuston-Ennis Friday 10 Nov Booked a...

17.05 Heuston-Ennis Friday 10 Nov

Booked a student single online (seat A37) arrived at Heuston about 4.45 so far so good. However a huge queue had formed for the train snaking all the way around the...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 25-10-2006, 00:23
Replies: 10
Views: 2,160
Posted By houstyl
Works reasonably well with Boston's Silver Line...

Works reasonably well with Boston's Silver Line which was built as a cheap alternative to a full-blown new metro line. Where that service falls down though is when it is forced to share with...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 24-10-2006, 21:26
Replies: 10
Views: 2,160
Posted By houstyl
To be fair to Barrett (as an ex-student of his)...

To be fair to Barrett (as an ex-student of his) he does acknowledge the non-monetary benefits of railways, he just doesn't see them outweighing the monetary costs by and large in an Irish context,...
Forum: Intercity and Regional 17-10-2006, 16:56
Replies: 102
Views: 15,707
Posted By houstyl
Same story with no cards stuck in on the 7.10...

Same story with no cards stuck in on the 7.10 Galway-Heuston for my reserved ticket on Monday morning, not that it mattered given the train wasn't busy. At least they managed it on the 18.30 service...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 16-10-2006, 16:22
Replies: 12
Views: 2,739
Posted By houstyl
There is,...

There is, http://www.esri.ie/pdf/QEC1003SA_Barrett.pdf , page 9. While you can argue the study was by Barrett himself, simple division reveals the inter-city railway subsidy to be higher per capita...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 16-10-2006, 12:47
Replies: 12
Views: 2,739
Posted By houstyl
If that logic was followed then no-one would...

If that logic was followed then no-one would object to the WRC (for example) being built... there has to be some level of economic analysis of the costs and benefits of transport projects to ensure...
Forum: Events, Happenings and Media 26-07-2006, 16:10
Replies: 14
Views: 2,339
Posted By houstyl
Seems to have as much to with Ryanair's turf war...

Seems to have as much to with Ryanair's turf war with Easyjet (who pulled out of Shannon-Gatwick and Knock-Gatwick recently) as anything. Now that they've been seen off Ryanair can pull the routes....
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 11-05-2006, 13:39
Replies: 33
Views: 7,669
Posted By houstyl
That's the problem, social benefits aren't really...

That's the problem, social benefits aren't really accounted for in the subsidy the State gives to IE. It's more just a lump sum that may or may not account for the positive benefits that rail brings,...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-05-2006, 13:16
Replies: 33
Views: 7,669
Posted By houstyl
That's how it should work, having marginal...

That's how it should work, having marginal revenue = marginal cost. The aim though should be to maximise the revenue not the passenger numbers (i.e. 50 people at 20 euro is better than 100 people at...
Forum: General Irish Rail Discussion 10-05-2006, 12:36
Replies: 33
Views: 7,669
Posted By houstyl
http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id...

http://www.economist.com/displaystory.cfm?story_id=5603413

Economist, March 9 2006
All aboard for privatisation
Its long-distance and regional passenger routes are certainly profitable. But Mr...
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