Anna wrote:Call me crazy, but imho we don't need 3rd track at all. I mean, we have two directions: EAST and WEST. All we need are two tracks.
Backshophoss wrote:The Mainline is at a point that there's no way to do any reverse commuting,it 2 tracks running west in the AM,2 tracks running east in the PM,
the only other option is to rebuild the Garden-Mitchel Secondary back to mainline standards and extend it back to Beth tower.
If there's away to clear a path thru all the power lines that use the old ROW to Beth tower.
It's now a REAL NEED for that 3rd Mainline track to keep the Mainline to Hicksville(Divide)fluid for all moves in both directions
and with no 3rd rail on the Central Branch makes the Babylon(middle Montauk branch) useless for reverse commuting by "going around"
the over congested Mainline.
keyboardkat wrote:I always was in favor of reopening and rebuilding the old Stewart line between Garden City and Bethpage. The ROW still belongs to the MTA as successor to the various predecessor railroad companies that developed Long Island. Unfortunately, LIPA high tension electric towers now occupy the ROW and would have to be moved, plus all the homeowners who have built along the route in the 70 years since the end of WWII would scream bloody murder! But so will property owners along the main line! New bridges would have to be built over the Meadowbrook and Wantagh Parkways, and over the Seaford-OB expressway. I think a school building encroaches on the ROW just east of the Seaford-OB expressway, an example of the problems that would have to be dealt with somehow.
The railroad's giving up of the Garden City-Bethpage line around the turn of the last century was, in hindsight, a big mistake. But in fairness, no one could have known that at the time. The Island had a much lower population then, and a lot of today's developed territory was empty. No one could have predicted what LI would become.
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