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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby Kilo Echo » Fri May 11, 2018 5:28 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:http://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/fully-accessible-platform-to-be-built-at-springfields-union-station/1167485785

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Marvin said the 362 foot long, 18 feet wide platform will be 5 feet high and built on top of the existing platform to meet federal accessibility regulations for Amtrak and CTRail customers.

The construction is expected to be completed by November 2018.

It seems odd that the new Platform C will be roughly 40 feet shorter than the one in Holyoke. Also, I thought the platform would be raised to four feet, not five.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby electricron » Sat May 12, 2018 1:44 am

Kilo Echo wrote:It seems odd that the new Platform C will be roughly 40 feet shorter than the one in Holyoke. Also, I thought the platform would be raised to four feet, not five.

A platform can be 5 feet high above grade and still be 4 feet high above the top of the rails. ;)
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby lordsigma12345 » Sat May 12, 2018 8:29 am

Kilo Echo wrote:
Jeff Smith wrote:http://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/fully-accessible-platform-to-be-built-at-springfields-union-station/1167485785

SPRINGFILED, Mass. (WWLP) - -

Marvin said the 362 foot long, 18 feet wide platform will be 5 feet high and built on top of the existing platform to meet federal accessibility regulations for Amtrak and CTRail customers.

The construction is expected to be completed by November 2018.

It seems odd that the new Platform C will be roughly 40 feet shorter than the one in Holyoke. Also, I thought the platform would be raised to four feet, not five.


If interested, the full project drawings can be found here:
https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/b ... entUrl=bid

The platform is long enough to allow doors to be opened on 5 cars. This should be plenty for Springfield. The emergency egress ramps to grade level at each side may be what is limiting the length.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby lordsigma12345 » Tue May 15, 2018 9:04 pm

They have added the connections to the Amtrak ticket site for the new Shuttle trains launching June 9th except for the ones that connect to Acela. The new trains themselves have been on there now for a little while now but only showed up if you looked up a trip between SPG and NHV. If you do a trip now from any Springfield line station to any NEC destination you will now see the new trains. Nice to see this, Springfield line folks now have some more choices.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby BandA » Fri May 18, 2018 2:08 am

Grade level egress stupidity, lol
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby lordsigma12345 » Fri May 18, 2018 12:53 pm

Is it just because they are only restoring one of the tunnel stairwells and capping the other one that they need the grade level egress - would they still need that if they restored the second stairwell also?
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby asull85 » Fri May 18, 2018 10:10 pm

lordsigma12345 wrote:Is it just because they are only restoring one of the tunnel stairwells and capping the other one that they need the grade level egress - would they still need that if they restored the second stairwell also?


As far as I know, both stairwells and an elevator will be open on Tracks 4 and 6 once the platform is completed.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby lordsigma12345 » Sat May 19, 2018 7:25 am

According to the project drawings (which can be viewed here: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/b ... entUrl=bid ) only stairwell 5 will be reopened and stairwell 6 will be capped over. The elevator landing in the tunnel will be in the middle of the tunnel directly across from stairwell 5 unlike what was done for the current platform D entrance where the elevator was built where the second stairwell originally was. If you visit the station now the area around stairwell 5 and the new elevator area is walled off with temporary partitions while former stairwell 6 was covered over by a permanent sheetrock wall. The two egress ramps are on each end of the high level platform and go down to grade level to the paved walkways that currently cross the tracks. These ramps will have gates on them and be for emergency exit and employee use only. I'm guessing these were required because they are only restoring one tunnel stairwell and to meet regulations need to be able to accommodate a worst case situation where full trains parked at the platform need to be evacuated. This would also provide an alternative route for employees to assist passengers with mobility needs or in wheelchairs if the platform C elevator is out of commission via either the platform D elevator or the Union Station rear elevator.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby lordsigma12345 » Fri Jun 01, 2018 10:31 pm

This upcoming week is the final week of the present Amtrak schedule on the Springfield line and the last week that the Vermonter will stop in Wallingford and Berlin. The first NHHS program changes begin Saturday the 9th. Right around the corner now.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby asull85 » Thu Jun 07, 2018 12:19 am

Track speeds will officially be changed by Saturday morning. MAS in a couple locations will be 100mph or greater.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby Matt Johnson » Fri Jun 08, 2018 12:45 pm

I had no idea they were bumping it up to triple digit speeds! Little hype, real results. Take note Illinois!

https://www.stamfordadvocate.com/local/ ... 974912.php
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby Train60 » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:54 pm

asull85 wrote:Track speeds will officially be changed by Saturday morning. MAS in a couple locations will be 100mph or greater.

Further details (for the public) on this CTDOT link.
http://www.ct.gov/dot/cwp/view.asp?A=1373&Q=603150
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby ryanov » Sat Jun 09, 2018 1:15 am

It’s not true that most of the NEC is sub-100, is it?
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby Trinnau » Sat Jun 09, 2018 6:14 am

ryanov wrote:It’s not true that most of the NEC is sub-100, is it?


Nearly all of the NEC is CT is sub-100.
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Re: Amtrak Springfield Line: Greenfield/Boston B&A Shuttle S

Postby STrRedWolf » Sat Jun 09, 2018 7:32 am

ryanov wrote:It’s not true that most of the NEC is sub-100, is it?


It may be that on average the NEC is sub-100 (and I live near the likely reason why that average is down). But I'd think it's mostly super-100 between DC and NYC.
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