mmi16 wrote:No matter what kind of signaling is installed - having a track out of service for maintenance or any other reason puts a serious crimp in operations, even weekend operations. A track out of service of normal daily operations would cripple the system.
But I've heard that LA doesn't need to bustitute as often. Just how often do trains pass each other on double track sections, particularly on weekends? If it doesn't last long when it happens, surely not.
ExCon90 wrote:Depends on the density of the service. New York is basically limited to the midnight hours; a place with longer headways and lots of interlocked crossovers would have less of a problem. Every system has to do maintenance sometime--we all know what happens eventually if they neglect it. And if an emergency occurs, the existence of reverse signaling can mean the difference between service disruptions and no service at all: "seek alternate transportation."
Apparetly, I've read that there are some triple track sections in New York, for peak direction express services.