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by markhb
Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:05 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

This is a separate project from the Downeaster. It should probably have its own thread, I would think. I also think the project is more suited as a light rail project. If it goes to Gorham, that might be another story. It does already have its own thread, in the generic passenger rail forum. It can...
by markhb
Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

why would you take the train from brunswick if you still need to pay for a taxi? why not just drive? coming from the nec transfer twice and and up on the wrong side of town or just take the bus. Because you can relax on a train, and the hastle of parking is eliminated. My counter to that would be t...
by markhb
Sat Sep 07, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Cumberland County, Registry of Deeds, Book 35557, Page 88. This document details a plan for a major expansion of the parking lot at the PTC. However, no station modifications appear to be considered. This transfer took place in April 2019. I've seen that expansion going on, but I've been unable to ...
by markhb
Fri Sep 06, 2019 7:03 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Take a closer look at the Executive Session descriptions. I would hazard a guess that the item regarding Concord Coach, the PTC and an as yet unidentified property is a pretty clear indication that they have some possible options. It could be that they are considering buying the PTC itself but that...
by markhb
Fri Sep 06, 2019 6:30 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

The notes that were passed out at the August board meeting are now posted, but there are no further details on the Portland station (and none were presented at that meeting). That meeting DID include a fair amount of discussion about the Wells siding and the plan to build a second platform on the se...
by markhb
Fri Aug 30, 2019 10:04 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Ocean View Question(s)
Replies: 36
Views: 2458

Re: Ocean View Question(s)

Yes, I'm in Portland, and while it won't be the same as seeing what the B&M looks like facing forward, that VIA trip does sound fun!
by markhb
Tue Aug 27, 2019 1:22 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Ocean View Question(s)
Replies: 36
Views: 2458

Re: Ocean View Question(s)

I'm still broken-hearted that I didn't ride it last year on the Downeaster. :(
by markhb
Tue Aug 27, 2019 10:52 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Shoot... I slept in and totally forgot to get up to see the double-draft! I did go to the NNEPRA board meeting in Brunswick yesterday, and while the Portland relocation project was only briefly mentioned during the presentation, I asked if the wye to Congress St. is completely off the table. They (m...
by markhb
Mon Aug 26, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: New stations built after Amtrak started
Replies: 18
Views: 935

Re: New stations built after Amtrak started

None of the Downeaster stops, the Vermonter stops north of Springfield, and Cape Codder stops east of Providence, had intercity service after the 1960s. (Haverhill had commuter service until 1976 and after 1979; several Cape Cod stops were served by a short-lived commuter line from 1984 to 1988.) S...
by markhb
Sat Aug 24, 2019 4:34 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Arriving at White River Junction
Replies: 29
Views: 1968

Re: Arriving at White River Junction

That's why I got a Mac 7 years ago and never looked back. My Mac incidentally downloaded and played the video without anymore downloads, adjustments or fees. I just got tired of Windows BS. if you have a Mac you wont need to maintain several versions of the OS. I reboot every week or two and reboot...
by markhb
Mon Aug 19, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

The intent to use the Union Branch at one time involved a new line extending from the Forest Ave. crossing alongside I-295 to a new station near the current site of the Miss Portland diner, and then on to a new bridge across the mouth of Back Cove joining the GT in East Deering. A major part of the ...
by markhb
Fri Aug 09, 2019 1:25 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division
Replies: 26
Views: 1339

Re: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division

Thanks. I still remain skeptical, though. What's the distance between Westbrook and Portland? 10 Miles? How about light rail? The proposed corridor is an active (barely) freight line, so light rail would require a whole new set of tracks somewhere. Plus you're still dealing with things like station...
by markhb
Fri Aug 09, 2019 12:11 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division
Replies: 26
Views: 1339

Re: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division

The distance from the Portland Transportation Center to Rock Row (the development that has been mentioned) is only 4 miles by car or bus, and probably about 3 miles by rail, which is why I'm still so shocked by the $100 million price tag. A quarter of that is everything that would go into the Comme...
by markhb
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread
Replies: 8541
Views: 1795873

Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

RenegadeMonster wrote:
Wed Aug 07, 2019 11:04 am
Why wouldn't they want MBTA?
I'm on my phone so I won't go on, but I think the shortest answer is that there is a relevant leverage of residents who live in New Hampshire because they DON'T want closer ties to Massachusetts and Boston.
by markhb
Wed Aug 07, 2019 6:32 am
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division
Replies: 26
Views: 1339

Re: Portland, Maine - Commuter Rail via Mountain Division

Late to the party, but I can't conceive of enough demand for this service, that a bus or two during rush hour couldn't cover. What am I missing? Rock Row. Seriously, they're the ones pushing it moreso than PACTS (the regional transporation planning body), NNEPRA or any of the cities. www.rockrow.co...

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