A Transport Politic post on US high-speed rail today contains this quotation from Amtrak CEO Joseph Boardman:
With high-speed rail, speed is not the issue. Convenience and trip times are.
1obsolete : suitable, proper
2 a: suited to personal comfort or to easy performance <meeting at a convenient time> b: suited to a particular situation <a convenient excuse> c: affording accommodation or advantage <found it convenient to deal with both problems at the same time>
3: being near at hand : close <a location convenient to the train station>
WELL-INTENTIONED TRANSIT AGENCY STAFFER, PERHAPS AS PART OF A SURVEY: So tell me, what’s the main reason that you don’t use public transit?
CITIZEN: Well, it’s just not convenient.
STAFFER: How would the transit system need to be different for you to use it?CITIZEN: It would need to be more convenient.
STAFFER: How would the transit system need to be different for you to use it?CITIZEN: It would need to be suited to me, or to my needs, or to my situation.
- It’s just too far to walk to the stop/station. (Access Distance)
- It’s not running when I need it. (Service Span)
- It’s just too long to wait. (Frequency)
- I just can’t count on it coming on time. (Reliability)