njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Sat Aug 21, 2021 7:39 am
The proposed route plan for NYC-PHL-RDG is out.
https://www.amtrakconnectsus.com/maps/n ... a-reading/
It's not the best not not the worst. Here are the advantages.
1. It is close to time competitive with driving end to end.
2. People who are heading to and from stations stations like Pottstown and Reading to Metropark would have a pretty fast ride.
3. It's great for people attending Princeton University and Rutgers who live in the Reading area.
1. The NS Harrisburg Line would have to be upgraded to permit higher speeds. I rode the Amtrak Autumn Express excursion in 2014 and from what I remember, we didn't move very fast on NS between Philly and Reading.
My suggestion-any passenger rail service running to Reading from Philly should be an extension of Septa. See if NS would upgrade their own line to let Septa run frequent and fast rail service to Reading. Any Amtrak service to Reading should just be extensions of the proposed trains to Allentown.
The map makes no sense. Somehow it has Ardmore listed as a station stop followed by Norristown. Unless Amtrak plans on connecting SEPTA’s Norristown High Speed Line to both the Keystone Line and the NS Reading Line, that isn’t happening. Here are Amtrak’s options for making NYP-PHL-NOR-RDG a reality.
1. Amtrak using 30th Street Upper Level, running via Suburban Station and using SEPTA’s Norristown Line.
2. Rebuilding the PRR’s line to Norristown via Cynwyd, Manayunk, and Ivy Ridge. This is unlikely, as it would displace the popular Cynwyd Heritage Trail.
3. Amtrak builds the Swampoodle Connection so that trains can leave the NEC and connect to the Norristown Line via a short trip on SEPTA’s Chestnut Hill West line.
4. Amtrak uses the escape track that connects from the NEC to the Norristown Line. It would be the most simple, but my understanding is that the grade is unfriendly for passenger service.
Whichever option Amtrak chooses, the mapmaker at Amtrak needs to actually look at how the railroads are connected - or not. As a sidenote, I’d love to see service from Reading to Harrisburg and a rebuilding of the eastern-most platform.