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by Patrick A.
Fri Jan 12, 2018 5:27 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS (Before Launch of Service)
Replies: 1028
Views: 282969

Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

GirlOnTheTrain wrote:Yeaaaahhhhh....how do they figure Windsor & Windsor Locks will be in service???
I imagine it means they’ll use the existing stations in the interim until design and construction is comeplete.
by Patrick A.
Tue Jul 25, 2017 11:03 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS (Before Launch of Service)
Replies: 1028
Views: 282969

Re: Hartford Line CtDOT New Haven-Springfield - NHHS

Would imagine at the very least for the Shuttles post-May '18 you'd have SPG, WNL (for BDL connection) and HFD, probably a tossup between Berlin and Meriden to keep one stop between Hartford and New Haven.
by Patrick A.
Thu Jul 06, 2017 10:54 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations
Replies: 274
Views: 68107

Re: Amtrak Grand Central Terminal Operations

Tommy there will not be an MNR loco on the set. Amtrak has modified a few P32 sets' shoes to be at MNRR 3rd rail height and further modded some P42s to have a control switch for selecting electric/diesel mode. Sets will have a loco at either end so no need to loop or have an MNRR loco.
by Patrick A.
Wed Jul 05, 2017 7:51 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.
Replies: 664
Views: 147708

Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Confirms what the Albany Times Union reported a few weeks ago. Based on Amtrak's service advisory posted on the website re: GCT, it doesn't sound like there will be much in the way of ticketing support based at GCT. Mentions printing tickets at home or displaying on mobile devices.
by Patrick A.
Fri Jun 30, 2017 9:11 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Wick Moorman out...Richard Anderson in...
Replies: 40
Views: 10211

Re: Wick Moorman out...Richard Anderson in...

I have to applaud Mr. Patrick A around here. He notes recognition of what counts for Amtrak - namely trains that show up more or less on time, on which the HVAC works, and are safe from pop-gun toting whackos. All too much of the discussion here relates to the quality of on-board F&B which means no...
by Patrick A.
Thu Jun 29, 2017 11:32 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Wick Moorman out...Richard Anderson in...
Replies: 40
Views: 10211

Re: Wick Moorman out...Richard Anderson in...

I think there is a lot of good that Anderson can do: ... One other key item not in your list was Operational Excellence / Reliability. Delta under Anderson made a big push in striving to improve performance in key operational metrics (i.e. OTP, Lost Luggage), hopefully Anderson will bring this focu...
by Patrick A.
Thu Jun 22, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.
Replies: 664
Views: 147708

Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Any idea as to when the revised Empire Corridor schedules will be released? We're well inside of a month of the repair work beginning.
by Patrick A.
Wed Jun 21, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Original NH Catenary Replacement Progress
Replies: 298
Views: 54665

Re: Original NH Catenary Replacement Progress

This in addition to the capacity gains by having all tracks available sans speed restrictions either from construction or temperature extremes. Another big item checked off to bring the line back to a state of good repair, movable bridges up next.
by Patrick A.
Thu Jun 15, 2017 12:11 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Renovation & Expansion & Moynihan Station
Replies: 673
Views: 179454

Re: West End Concourse Opens

Problem is, the likeliest users will be folks coming from West of 8th Avenue, which is in the opposite direction of the major midtown corporate centers and Broadway/Theater District. Now if the 8th Ave line (A/C/E) exits funnel people into the West End concourse, you'd certainly get more foot traffic.
by Patrick A.
Wed Jun 14, 2017 6:05 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.
Replies: 664
Views: 147708

Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Empire trains are only 6 cars long I believe, so the platform should be plenty long enough to accommodate.
by Patrick A.
Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:22 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.
Replies: 664
Views: 147708

Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Since the only trains being routed to GCT are Albany terminating, the amount of Amtrak servicing required is pretty low. Would imagine they could have a few staff members stationed there with mobile ticketing equipment (mini tablet scanners the conductors have) to assist with any connecting passenge...
by Patrick A.
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:29 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.
Replies: 664
Views: 147708

Re: Penn Station Emergency Repairs: Trackwork, etc.

Albany-Times Union article from Friday notes while it is not official these are the projected trains which will be routed to GCT: Southbound: 230,236,242 Northbound: 233,235,239 Weekend service will not be impacted (Monday-Friday only) Source: http://www.timesunion.com/tuplus-business/article/Region...
by Patrick A.
Mon Jun 12, 2017 12:08 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Metro-North Hudson Line Electrification
Replies: 64
Views: 21019

Re: Metro-North Hudson Line Electrification

This push for electrification as a top priority for NEC branch corridors (Empire Corridor, Springfield Line, Danbury Branch) ignores the many less arduous improvements that could be made at a fraction of the cost of electrification. Raising running speeds through improvements either in signaling, tr...
by Patrick A.
Wed Jun 07, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker
Replies: 104
Views: 51411

Re: Delays & Service Disruptions Tracker

Hot off the presses, issues on the New Haven Line this evening:

"Customers should anticipate delays of 20 to 30 minutes in both directions due to a track condition requiring attention."
by Patrick A.
Tue Jun 06, 2017 3:04 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: NEC Future: HSR "High Line", FRA, Amtrak Infrastructure Plan
Replies: 1009
Views: 160249

Re: NEC Future: HSR "High Line", FRA, Amtrak Infrastructure

The current upgrades install kitchen-sink crossing protection at those spots: quadrant gates, wayside horns, and advanced warning devices. That's enough to increase the speed limit through Wallingford cluster from 25 MPH to 80 MPH and Meriden cluster from 25 MPH to 60 MPH . However, immediately sou...

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