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NJrailfan wrote:Just road this system and the new stations in downtown are very nicely done. However the fare collection system is a mess! At the Station Square stop, there are two people sitting in a both at the exit were you pay, just to tell you to place your money into the machine. If the Pittsburgh light rail system is having so many financial problems, why don’t they just do away with the fare collectors at the stations and just go to a random fare inspection system? This would also get rid of the delays and confusion at stops were the operator has to “collect the fare.”I rode "The T" from Dormont Junction to Wood St. on Saturday and there was probably 75 passengers at Dormont Jct. waiting to board. Fare collection brought me back in time to the 1980s when I had to pay "exact fare" by shoveling money into a farebox at the front of the train. Boarding took 20 minutes.
Nyterider wrote:It was a weekend so I didn't get a sense of what weekday ridership is like. I traveled all routes, including the northbound portion of the 52 which is currently being used by all trolleys to Pittsburgh because one of the tracks in the Mount Washington tunnel is out of service.I lived up there for a good portion of my life. The Overbrook line was shut down for most of my time living in Pittsburgh, so didn't get to see much of it. The Mt Washington tunnel I think is well over a hundred years old, and I believe it was trolley only until the 1960's or 70's, when the busways were built.
How old is the Mount Washington tunnel? Was it trolley only before PAT rebuilt it? And what was the deal with the Mt. Lebanon tunnel? Just something they built to get rid of some slow street running or to appease residents? And the almost unused branch to Penn Station is convenient to the convention center and is probably aimed at eventually getting light rail service onto the East Busway. Any idea where those plans stand?
STrRedWolf wrote:Pittsburgh Port Authority to rehab 55 Siemens-built LRV's and eval rehabbing the CAF-built fleet:Wonder whether CAF will bid on their own cars.
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Myrtone wrote:I know it won't be re-gauged but is it possible to do without closing both lines for an extended period of time?It's possible if they lay down new rail. They're on Pennsyilvanian wide gauge of 5' 2.5", not the standard 4' 8.5". However, it is built into some paved roadways in tunnels, and is shared with buses. It will be difficult to lay it down in those areas and would involve rerouting two lines, closing a station (or making a shuttle) and rescheduling.