Jeff Smith wrote:Would a Stadler FRA compliant DMU/EMU work?How about something like this?
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Pensyfan19 wrote: ↑Fri Apr 16, 2021 8:12 amlol please no, can we stop beating the colorado railcar dead horse…i can't believe how many years were lost to Northern Branch reactivation because of this misguided effort.Jeff Smith wrote:Would a Stadler FRA compliant DMU/EMU work?How about something like this?
lensovet wrote: ↑Fri Apr 16, 2021 12:27 am It's pretty self-evident no?Doesn't take too long to look up costs of HBLR and to figure out it came out to an average of $100 million per mile, mostly on pre-existing rights of way. Estimates for Northern Branch extension also work out to these exorbitant costs. The River Line was about a third of that per unit length, and is costing the public still more with all of the Stadler GTW prime movers being replaced due to high failure rates after a scant 16 years.
The current Arrows will not last forever. Maintaining them costs more and more $$$ every year.
The replacement will require running 3-car trains. Absolutely insane and wouldn't even fit on the current platform at Princeton Junction (not sure about the terminus).
Not sure where the statement that light rail is "way more expensive" is coming from. ?
PRINCETON, N.J. — The nation’s shortest scheduled commuter rail line now has a 50-50 chance of remaining as it is.
The Daily Princetonian reports that a study of possible options to replace “Princeton Dinky,” the 2.7-mile electrified NJ Transit line connecting the Princeton University campus to the Northeast Corridor, has reduced four potential options to two — one of which is keeping the line as it is.
The other option still under consideration is building a light-rail line that would be imbedded in a bus rapid transit route; the two transit modes would alternate, with light rail ending at the existing university station while buses would continue into downtown Princeton. The cost of that project is estimated at $100 million; the as-is option is estimated to cost $15 million for maintenance of existing equipment.
Bracdude181 wrote: ↑Fri Mar 04, 2022 5:23 pm Well, if keeping the existing system in place is going to be futile then why not do a light rail conversion? Wouldn’t be too terribly difficult in regards to current infrastructure.The railroad union will never ever allow member jobs to be lost -- light rail conversion has been talked about since the 1990s and zip has happened. You will see an electric bi-level train on the Dinky line in the future.