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Train Travel Is Missing At Least 20 years Of Innovation.

I absolutely understand what Daniella was going for here. Traveling is already such a hassle that many times you’d forgo an hour or 2 for convenience sake. Having the idea of going to an Airport to deal with TSA to deal with possible delays and then you gotta go from the airport to the hotel. Its all a hassle but maybe the idea of trains seems simple. It’s low cost, hop on – hop off, and you’re already on the ground so you can just pull up an uber. Being from South Florida I would constantly hear people from the north taking a train from NYC to Boston or just in general in the northeast corridor. I always pictured it being like the Harry Potter train where i would meet cool like minded peers and we can order snacks off the cart that comes around the guy would be nice and tip his hat. I was wrong.

See the one time i went train travel here in Florida was from Orlando to my home in South Florida. What an abysmal time that was. Now to be fair these first few parts took place on a Greyhound bus, but still, If you’re a college aged student without a car looking to travel home, you need a low cost option and this was all part of that experience. Well first off i get to the bus stop, we had to hop on a bus to some random ass city that actually put us further distance from Orlando to South Florida. Next thing you know in this some what spacious bus, this old guy decides to sit next to me. He’s an old built muscular dude with glasses wearing a black tank top and jeans and apparently both knees blown out because he had 2 knee braces on. And not just like the neoprene sleeve knee braces, I’m talking about those metal/abs industrial plastic ones like batman uses after years of kicking ass with absolutely no cartilage in between his joints.

Soon after his quick backstory of how he’s traveling to get double knee surgery, we make it to the actual train stop. Awesome, figured you know what’s probably great about trains is its on a track with no traffic to deal with – Wrong. We didn’t even start the train for 45 minutes because they were waiting for the train ahead of us to move cause apparently there was a station like 10 minutes away and it needed to stop there. 10 minutes south. Why didn’t the bus just drop us off there? I’m not a logistics guy so what ever. Once this thing picks up speed we’re gonna make it down in no time. Got the head phones in, the bionic knee man sat in the middle away from me where air wasn’t blowing as hard, I get comfy. After a cool 2 hours, i wake up and look outside and all i see is a guy in a yellow vest shaking his head. Apparently we hit a deer too, caused one of the engines to fail. One of the engines, you say? This beast of a machine has TWO engines apparently, however, it doesn’t matter because they cant operate independently. Never found out what the point of that was. What i did find out was that it took another hour to unload one engine and attach another. Normally by car it takes roughly 3 and a half hours to go from Orlando to Broward County. This trip took 9 hours lol.

What I’ve come to realize is the discounted cost of traveling via train and bus definitely hampered the money going back into the development of better train and train technology. But It’s still an industry and one, here in Florida, we’re always hearing about get developed more and more to try to connect the major college towns and make them all accessible for regular travel. Brightline was suppose to be a thing where families from down here can shoot up and spend the day at Disney or can train travel to Gainesville to watch UF play Georgia. A way where families can spend money on the infrastructure so we can all make Florida better. My guess is there are a lot of people with warrants out for their arrest, and the people traveling via bus or train definitely travel like this to avoid airport security cause i don’t remember a lick of security at the stations, further more i remember another time i rode the Greyhound home, there was a guy going around the bus asking if anyone wants to join him in the men’s room at the next bus stop to snort some crushed up pills. That experience was actually nice because it was at night and a handful of them got off at the stop and never got back on the bus so it was a pretty peaceful 5 hour bus ride.

I really wish we had the middle ground between car and plane. Realistically if i want to go to Orlando, its 3 and a half hours, gas, etc, but have my car, or flying for like probably under a hundred bucks in 30 minutes but have to get to the airport, either uber everywhere go through security and that whole rigamarole. If i can park my car at a train stop for free, sit on a train for 2 hours while i nap, and get off and can uber where ever I’m going, that would be the sweet spot. But here i thought all these problems happened to trains in Florida when this shit is just train travel all over. If i thought we were 20 years behind, its probably closer to 30 to 35 years behind innovation now seeing that people deal with this shit in the north east as well.

This German Chicks Thinks It Was A Better Choice For Her To Not Pay Rent And Instead Live On The Train.

The Independent- When others get off the train to finally go home, Leonie Müller stays behind. That's because she already is home. The train is her apartment, and she says she likes it that way. The German college student gave up her apartment in spring. "It all started with a dispute I had with my landlord," Müller told The Washington Post via e-mail. "I instantly decided I didn't want to live there anymore — and then I realized: Actually, I didn't want to live anywhere anymore." Instead, she bought a subscription that allows her to board every train in the country for free. Now, Müller washes her hair in the train bathroom and writes her college papers while traveling at a speed of up to 190 mph. She says that she enjoys the liberty she has experienced since she gave up her apartment. "I really feel at home on trains, and can visit so many more friends and cities. It's like being on vacation all the time," Müller said. The 23-year-old's unusual housing choice has gained her media attention in Germany and appeared on national news sites such as Spiegel Online. "I read, I write, I look out of the window and I meet nice people all the time. There's always something to do on trains," Müller told German TV station SWR in an interview. Since risking the move, Müller's life fits into a small backpack in which she carries clothes, her tablet computer, college documents and a sanitary bag. So far, her experience contradicts studies that have recently claimed that "long commutes are killing you." And financially, she  benefits from living on a train: The flat-rate ticket costs her about $380, whereas she had to pay about $450 for her previous apartment. However, living cheaper is not the only goal she has in mind. "I want to inspire people to question their habits and the things they consider to be normal," Müller told The Post. "There are always more opportunities than one thinks there are. The next adventure is waiting just around the corner — provided that you want to find it." Müller frequently travels late at night, although she tries to sleep at the apartments of relatives or friends. Often, she is accommodated by her boyfriend, her mother or grandmother. "Normally, we would have to have a long-distance relationship, but living on a train enables me to see him all the time," Müller told  German TV station SWR regarding her boyfriend. "Most of my friends really like the idea, although some consider it to be quite adventurous. Others, however, have reacted more negatively: They feel offended by the fact that I question the ordinary way of life and living." Living on a train is also supposed to have an academic purpose: Müller is documenting the unusual experiment on a blog. Her final undergraduate paper will be based on her experiences as a modern train-nomad. The only problem? "Possessing a headset that mutes most surrounding noises is crucial," she said.

The Independent- When others get off the train to finally go home, Leonie Müller stays behind. That’s because she already is home. The train is her apartment, and she says she likes it that way.
The German college student gave up her apartment in spring. “It all started with a dispute I had with my landlord,” Müller told The Washington Post via e-mail. “I instantly decided I didn’t want to live there anymore — and then I realized: Actually, I didn’t want to live anywhere anymore.”
Instead, she bought a subscription that allows her to board every train in the country for free. Now, Müller washes her hair in the train bathroom and writes her college papers while traveling at a speed of up to 190 mph. She says that she enjoys the liberty she has experienced since she gave up her apartment. “I really feel at home on trains, and can visit so many more friends and cities. It’s like being on vacation all the time,” Müller said.
The 23-year-old’s unusual housing choice has gained her media attention in Germany and appeared on national news sites such as Spiegel Online. “I read, I write, I look out of the window and I meet nice people all the time. There’s always something to do on trains,” Müller told German TV station SWR in an interview. Since risking the move, Müller’s life fits into a small backpack in which she carries clothes, her tablet computer, college documents and a sanitary bag.
So far, her experience contradicts studies that have recently claimed that “long commutes are killing you.” And financially, she benefits from living on a train: The flat-rate ticket costs her about $380, whereas she had to pay about $450 for her previous apartment. However, living cheaper is not the only goal she has in mind.
“I want to inspire people to question their habits and the things they consider to be normal,” Müller told The Post. “There are always more opportunities than one thinks there are. The next adventure is waiting just around the corner — provided that you want to find it.”
Müller frequently travels late at night, although she tries to sleep at the apartments of relatives or friends. Often, she is accommodated by her boyfriend, her mother or grandmother.
“Normally, we would have to have a long-distance relationship, but living on a train enables me to see him all the time,” Müller told German TV station SWR regarding her boyfriend. “Most of my friends really like the idea, although some consider it to be quite adventurous. Others, however, have reacted more negatively: They feel offended by the fact that I question the ordinary way of life and living.”
Living on a train is also supposed to have an academic purpose: Müller is documenting the unusual experiment on a blog. Her final undergraduate paper will be based on her experiences as a modern train-nomad. The only problem? “Possessing a headset that mutes most surrounding noises is crucial,” she said.

Lets get one thing abundantly clear. This bitch does not live in the trains 24/7. Shes not waking up, taking a pee when she gets up in a busy rail way car, Making breakfast on some hot plate in between isles, going to work and then coming home frustrated and popping on late night entertainment all week. She does this like one night and the rest of the days she’s bumming it at her parents house for half the week and her boyfriends place the other half and occasionally spends a casual Tuesday night on the late train because she has to get to work early anyways. To think otherwise is dumb.

No one on their right mind wants to live on the train. Theres a reason why homeless people live on public transportation. Its because they are not of sound mind and fucking poor. Is that what oyu want to be labeled and seen as? Well congrats Leonie, you’re room mates with homeless vagrants with piss covered pants and officially apart of the dregs of society. Don’t think you’re not in the same boat as them because you sleep at a window seat with some cushioning either. You get up in the middle of the night to take a piss? So does the toothless bum, the only difference is you got up 15 feet while the bum just peed where he slept. You’re a lower level of society because you decided you wanted to be an asshole about paying rent. If i were truly a homeless bum i would just mug this girl. You’re a homeless person who pays monthly $380 more dollars than a homeless person has seen in year. You don’t get to have money, nice things, a family, and still pretend you live on the subway with out getting mugged. Live by the streets, die by the streets.

P.s- I bet her boyfriend could care less about her spending the night in a train. He paid for the privilege of having a roof over his head and a sense of security at night. She wants to give that up? fine, fend for your self when the hobo starts masterbating in the corner when you sleep.