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by neroden
Tue Dec 11, 2012 12:06 am
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Lake Shore Limited bottlenecks
Replies: 53
Views: 6561

Re: Lake Shore Limited bottlenecks

Lovely news about Rochester! :-) I would say that after the funded projects, the most significant slowdowns are, in this order: (1) Gary to Chicago speed limits (trains routinely run slower than parallel Skyway traffic) (2) The single-tracking near Howland Island, which often involves a long time at...
by neroden
Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:44 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Lake Shore Limited bottlenecks
Replies: 53
Views: 6561

Re: Lake Shore Limited bottlenecks

West of Albany, you say? In order from east to west these are what I've identified as causes of slowdowns; I may have missed a few and some are much more important than others: Bridge over Hudson River at Albany (replacement considered but not yet funded) Single-tracking Albany-Schenectady-Hoffmans ...
by neroden
Sun Dec 09, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: SEPTA (and PATCO)
Topic: Reading, Newtown, Quakertown restoration
Replies: 51
Views: 5444

Re: Reading, Newtown, Quakertown restoration

Regarding Newtown: [/u] This line would be one of those things that is nice to have, especially with the way Newtown and, further down the line, Southampton have grown. There isn't a huge amount of support for this line because the entire extension is relatively close to existing Regional Rail line...
by neroden
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:55 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Cleveland Intercity or Commuter Rail
Replies: 8
Views: 2690

Re: Cleveland Intercity or Commuter Rail

I'd ride Columbus-Syracuse intermittently. 3C was a good plan.
by neroden
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:41 pm
Forum: General Discussion - Passenger Rail
Topic: Interesting sea level rise maps. How would transit cope?
Replies: 14
Views: 3287

Re: Interesting sea level rise maps. How would transit cope

Edited for ad hominem attack and other nonsense not allowed Implications of a Greenland-melting (20 ft) sea level rise for railways: (1) Miami is not a good place to spend money on transportation, since it's going to be (at best) like Venice, and (at worst) fully evacuated. The same is true of New ...
by neroden
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:23 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: North Coast Hiawatha Study
Replies: 191
Views: 29425

Re: North Coast Hiawatha Route - better than the Builder?

I can't comment knowledgeably about the local markets for rail travel in North Dakota and Montana, but from a scenery standpoint the climb westbound out of Butte on the Northern Pacific route was spectacular, especially when viewed from a traditional Budd dome car. I'd love to have a chance to ride...
by neroden
Sun Dec 09, 2012 5:19 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Elyria Station Relocation? - Lake Shore and Capitol Limited
Replies: 7
Views: 979

Re: Elyria Station Relocation? - Lake Shore and Capitol Limi

As is fairly typical with station renovation projects, the station renovation project is actually mostly done -- "all but the platform". The building is already renovated, it's already the bus center and already has the local tourist bureau stuff and all the spare space is already rented out. The pl...
by neroden
Fri Nov 30, 2012 3:17 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak's Sunset Limited - White House Petition
Replies: 20
Views: 2308

Re: Amtrak's Sunset Limited - White House Petition

There are two significant markets best served by the Eagle-Sunset through cars: (1) Arkansas & Texas to LA (2) Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, & Texas to El Paso, Tucson, and Phoenix In addition, because of the failure of the Missouri River Runner to connect westbound to the Southwest Chief, the throu...
by neroden
Fri Nov 16, 2012 3:29 am
Forum: Canadian Passenger Operations: AMT, Go Transit, VIA, etc.
Topic: New service cuts announced
Replies: 58
Views: 16308

Re: New service cuts announced

The service cuts from Toronto to Niagara Falls and also to Sarnia and Windsor are unjustifiable for any reason other than "the government cut our budget so we decided to cut service", which Laliberte, being a good trooper for Harper, refuses to admit. Sure, the routes are arguably more suitable for ...
by neroden
Mon Nov 12, 2012 1:26 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Wisconsin Hiawatha (Service Talgos Upgrades Maintenance)
Replies: 554
Views: 38507

Re: Wisconsin Hiawatha (Service Talgos Upgrades Maintenance)

3. I strongly agree with those who state that the Governor's counsel in WI was likely consulted. I also strongly agree with the notion that it is unlikely the administration in Wisconsin would have moved forward with this decision without their legal team telling them that they could win. This is t...
by neroden
Sat Nov 03, 2012 2:35 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 1321
Views: 143256

Re: Hurricane Sandy (issues and recovery time)

Some parts of the NY metro area need floodwalls; I can't think of another way to protect lower Manhattan, or the infrastructure around Penn Station NY or Sunnyside Yard, and those are not reasonably relocatable. But several of the less-highrise-filled sections of the metro area should be cleared of ...
by neroden
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:40 pm
Forum: California Commuter & Transit
Topic: BART escalators in downtown SF plagued by human waste
Replies: 11
Views: 8050

Re: BART escalators in downtown SF plagued by human waste

It worked horribly then. You seem to be very confused. The construction of free public restrooms (with public sanitation workers maintaining them) was part of the public sanitation program which was designed to reduce the problem of contagious diseases. And it worked tolerably well. Yes, of COURSE ...
by neroden
Thu Nov 01, 2012 8:27 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Increase Worcester service start-up date.
Replies: 192
Views: 39674

Re: Increase Worcester service start-up date.

Komarovsky wrote:I assume that the 2nd track through Beacon would just be the yard track adjacent to the existing single track.
That is correct. It's going to be signalled as a mainline, that's the only difference.
Is that not the case?
That is the case. :-)
by neroden
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:47 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Hurricane Sandy
Replies: 324
Views: 31258

Re: One East River Tube flooded

I highly doubt Metro-North is going to win the race to restoration. Check some of the photos in the Metro-North forum. While the East Side might've gotten lucky, Westchster/Dutchess/Putnam sure did not. Well, for the gamblers, here's the result: Metro-North was the first to restore -- Lower Harlem ...
by neroden
Wed Oct 31, 2012 4:44 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: CN Applies To Abandon "Maple Leaf" Route Bridge At Niagara
Replies: 129
Views: 21835

Re: CN Applies To Abandon "Maple Leaf" Route Bridge At Niaga

Amtrak is scheduled to assume control of the Whirlpool Bridge (CN Grimsby Sub.) on Nov. 3, along with the Post Road Branch And the CSX Hudson Sub between MP 75.8 and MP 169.7. I wonder if this will occur on the 3rd.. Somehow, I doubt it. The legal handover will probably still happen on schedule. As...

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