I love you."Small nitpick...but I sense a slight hesitation to get out of the shallow-end comfort of abstract whitepaper-land and actually start return-volleying the plan vs. "world practice" conditions that have already been settled."
F-Line, this is the accusation you hurl at Transitmatters, yet it is exactly what you are guilty of. There is a tradition in poker that the dealer calls the game. The FMCB decided that the ER was a phase one priority, not TM. This was based on political pressure, not operational rationality. TM is playing the dealers game.
TM has also offered not just one, but two options for the outer line, full electrification or Bi-modeMUs. They are not advocating for the diesel and EMU operations tangle you accuse them of. A simple reading of the response should make that clear. But I guess we shouldn't let truth get in the way of a good story.