Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby trollyFoamer » Mon Aug 24, 2015 11:34 am

If I'm to believe most of the recent, and a few not so recent, posts it seems if there were no rail to trail conversions we'd miraculously see rail passenger service reinstated everywhere.
I suspect that the Master's (you're not fooling me with the Dr Who type alias, I recognize your photo) idea that trails do more good than harm, is a bit closer to truth than those who say that the only thing stopping SEPTA from putting trains back to Newtown is the pedestrian-bike path.
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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby Wingnut » Mon Aug 24, 2015 5:21 pm

trollyFoamer wrote:If I'm to believe most of the recent, and a few not so recent, posts it seems if there were no rail to trail conversions we'd miraculously see rail passenger service reinstated everywhere.
I suspect that the Master's (you're not fooling me with the Dr Who type alias, I recognize your photo) idea that trails do more good than harm, is a bit closer to truth than those who say that the only thing stopping SEPTA from putting trains back to Newtown is the pedestrian-bike path.


The pedestrian-bike path isn't the only thing preventing rail restoration, it is yet another thing. But the biggest obstacle is SEPTA which has the most anti-rail mentality of any multi-modal agency. The fact that RRD has survived three decades of their rule is amazing when you think about it.
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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby bikentransit » Mon Aug 24, 2015 8:31 pm

There's plenty of blame to go around. To blame SEPTA alone is simply disingenuous to the issue at hand. When SEPTA stopped these and other trains, there was no uproar from the public, the politicians didn't open the purse and fund the operation, and of course SEPTA did their own slash and burn party as well. The biggest culprit was and is PA politics.
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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby Wingnut » Tue Sep 01, 2015 4:10 pm

bikentransit wrote:There's plenty of blame to go around. To blame SEPTA alone is simply disingenuous to the issue at hand. When SEPTA stopped these and other trains, there was no uproar from the public, the politicians didn't open the purse and fund the operation, and of course SEPTA did their own slash and burn party as well. The biggest culprit was and is PA politics.


Exactly. I never meant to make it sound like SEPTA was the only culprit. Their historical anti-rail bias is the direct result from the state's lack of funding and lack of interest.
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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby ChrisinAbington » Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:49 am

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Since I know this keeps certain of us up at night... Personally I appreciate being able to navigate the corridor without Machette as my partner..
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Re: Newtown line leased to Montco for recreational trail

Postby glennk419 » Mon Feb 27, 2017 1:36 pm

The decimation continues. This morning I passed Woodmont and noticed that the rails are now gone NORTH of Byberry Road with the ties being pulled up. I didn't have the time to swing back around to see if they've reached County Line Road.
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