by Otto Vondrak
Don't we already have a Cut-Off discussion on the NJT Forum? You might want to check out some of that discussion, some good points are made in that argument.
mikedc3 wrote:Survey crews have been working on the cut off for the last month or so. There are survey markers from Port Morris to Andover. The last time I was out there, two different crews were working in that area.Any possible photos of the survey markers in place? Would love to see the property marked...
Kincaid wrote:As you all know by now the State of NJ and NJT are going forward with restoring service between Pt. Morris Jct. and Andover. Although this is part of the old "Cutoff" it really isn't part of the total restoration project. NJ and NJT just plainly got tired of monkeying around with the dunderheads running this project and went ahead on their own. This project has serious flaws, all of which were pointed out by the conultants, NJT and the FTA. They were warned numerous times over the years that if they weren't a little more cooperative this project was dead - they weren't - and it is. Larry Malski, Bob Hay and Andy Wallace combined to kill the project. They would not listen to the very people they hired, or the people they expected to fund at least 50% of the project.Thi is the second posting of these charges and statements so for a second time I am asking for authority and sources for your information and allegations.
This project screamed out to be done in stages, but those 3 continuously pounded the table and invoked the names of powerful politicians as demanding the project go all the way to Scranton AND (don't laugh) a NJT car repair facility be built in Scranton on a piece of land no bigger than a 1/4 acre - and totally inaccessible. Absurd. Every time the fighting started the consultants, NJT and the FTA would smile and fold the tent up. This has been going on for at least 7-10 years like this - crazy.
Then you throw in the fact that both states have highways and bridges that are falling down and you have zero chance. Gov. Rendell never - never - ever - has mentioned this project as a priority or even on his radar.
Stick a fork in it - NJT will do whatever they are doing to extend service in NJ. But, over here in PA, Malski, Hay and Wallace killed it long ago.
Believe me - I know of what I speak. Been there - seen it all.
RichNYSME wrote:On June 20, 2008 while touring the cutoff, we were shocked to see the Johnsonburg station, platforms, and Sheffied Creamery ruins all gone. The whole area is open and flat, covered with the remains of the former buildings. Looks like some covert cleanout is going on, get your photos while you can, who knows what else will be removed.Johnsonburg station was torn down by NJ DOT in mid 2007 due to safety and liablity issues. The station bulding was in poor shape and the State would not risk liability from damages relating to the property (tresspassers, etc.-reportedly someone was injured in the old structure).