Roadgeek Adam wrote: ↑Wed Mar 02, 2022 5:56 pm
Brightline's strengths are in markets with high value for tourism. Lakehurst does not qualify. I don't think they want to run commuter service.
Brightline is indeed launching some sort of commuter service, but it seems like they will get state money to do so. Florida is also much more friendly to industries like the railroad than NJ.
Bracdude181 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 02, 2022 6:02 pm
@Roadgeek Adam Indeed. The only tourism that would really occur to my knowledge is a bus transfer to Six Flags or having a station near the Freehold Fairgrounds.
The problem with tourism in NJ is that it's really only a thing for three or four months out of the year, and then nothing for the rest of it. Six Flags is open for like, 6-8 months tops? And I'm not even sure if they have regular hours after Labor Day. Freehold Fairgrounds is in the same boat
Roadgeek Adam wrote: ↑Wed Mar 02, 2022 6:06 pm
Neither are going to pull in the needed revenue for some kind of service either. As is the only part of MOM that's remotely logical is the service to Lakehurst. So, I can't imagine any other service going that well.
I understand why they had the service terminate at Lakehurst and not continue onto the Toms River Park and Ride (much less rail to work with), but it still doesn't make sense why they would stop so short of a major population area instead of spending some extra bones to get some extra riders.
Bracdude181 wrote: ↑Wed Mar 02, 2022 6:32 pm
Yeah. At the same time though they only want this to be way to commute to NY. Why not do transit oriented development like kinda like the Atlantic City Line? Then it really would take traffic off RT 9.
That requires the developers to plan around MOM. MOM is not happening anytime soon and even if it was, with NJT's track record, private companies would not feel confident working with them on such a thing.