Rebuilding Place in the Urban Space

"A community’s physical form, rather than its land uses, is its most intrinsic and enduring characteristic." [Katz, EPA] This blog focuses on place and placemaking and all that makes it work--historic preservation, urban design, transportation, asset-based community development, arts & cultural development, commercial district revitalization, tourism & destination development, and quality of life advocacy--along with doses of civic engagement and good governance watchdogging.

Tuesday, February 04, 2014

Starbucks cafe car on a Swiss Federal Railways train

See the Starbucks press release, the Swiss Federal Railways press release and "Starbucks opens first train café in Switzerland," New York Daily News.

The NYDN story has some nice photos of the interior.

The café car is going through a nine-month test period.

It is definitely a method for enhancing food service on trains.  A problem though for commuter railroad services is that many run at capacity so adding such a car might reduce the number of seats.

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At 5:28 PM, OpenID e0f1dc0e-a251-11e3-b569-000bcdcb5194 said...

Of course many people might think that improving passenger rail service is something that should be pursued with a lot of determination. It might appear to many like it is ultimately an expression of the will of the people and their elected representatives if those improvements will actually be carried out or not.

There probably might be some debate about whether the Starbucks cafe car "is definitely a method for enhancing food service on trains".

Here in this blog post, commuter rail services are mentioned, and it seems like there are already a lot of discussions on the web about how commuter rail services possibly could be improved, f.e. here:

http://discuss.amtraktrains.com/index.php?/topic/58558-commuter-rail-why-not-a-more-attractive-exteriorinterior-design/

 

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