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by amtrakowitz
Thu May 09, 2019 12:14 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Lackawanna Cutoff Passenger Service Restoration
Replies: 5352
Views: 1266757

Re: Lackawanna Cutoff Passenger Service Restoration

Pretty much all of Europe has built out transportation networks that outstrip ours by orders of magnitude, and yet their environmental policies are much stronger … Actually, they are not much stronger. In many respects, they are a lot weaker. Take their emissions requirements for trucks and tractor...
by amtrakowitz
Sat Feb 23, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels
Replies: 1989
Views: 410127

Re: Amtrak Gateway Tunnels

JFTR, the title is Highway Under the Hudson: A History of the Holland Tunnel and its author is an urban planner who may have a certain POV on infrastructure. The same machinations that applied to the Holland Tunnel's construction cannot be superimposed over the building of the then-private-sector No...
by amtrakowitz
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:44 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Northern New Jersey lines: why so slow?
Replies: 17
Views: 3593

Re: Northern New Jersey lines: why so slow?

This weekend, I took New Jersey Transit's Midtown Direct train from NY Penn Station to Dover, NJ. It's 40 miles. It took 1 hour and 45 minutes: 7:11am to 8:56am. That's an average speed of 22.9 miles per hour. That is absolutely ridiculous! The train went through some very nice areas such as Short ...
by amtrakowitz
Fri Feb 08, 2019 1:27 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: New Jersey Transit is failing to expand
Replies: 51
Views: 17018

Re: New Jersey Transit is failing to expand

When was the last time NJT eliminated a grade crossing? NJTR added a grade crossing in Montclair when they opened the Montclair Direct connector. The work on the Lackawanna Cutoff heading to Andover also added a (future) grade crossing due to the former road tunnel being closed and the road re-rout...
by amtrakowitz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: MTA Metro-North Railroad and CtDOT Passenger Rail
Topic: Metro-North New Haven Line Penn Station Access
Replies: 1745
Views: 378972

Re: Metro-North New Haven Line Penn Station Access

SRich wrote:So a long 4 track portion is possible. MNRR should do that. No interference with Amtrak for piece and a good reliable connection to Penn and New Haven
Big gulf between "should" and "will". Is such an investment politically justifiable for a maximum of what, six trains per hour?
by amtrakowitz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:43 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: NJT's MN F40s
Replies: 15
Views: 3198

Re: NJT's MN F40s

No, the former Lackawanna Lines split off from the former Erie Lines at WEST END Interlocking, which is not publicly accessible. Since they all run parallel now on the former Lackawanna ROW through Secaucus, and a significant length of the former Erie ROW east of the Turnpike is now part of Exit 15...
by amtrakowitz
Mon Jan 28, 2019 8:30 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: NCS to Broad Street Station ("Newark Light Rail")
Replies: 458
Views: 177913

Re: NCS to Broad Street Station ("Newark Light Rail")

There was no "lack of place to sit" during PCC days.
by amtrakowitz
Sat Jan 05, 2019 3:04 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: New Dinky to Nassau Street
Replies: 189
Views: 43774

Re: New Dinky to Nassau Street

lensovet wrote:Who knows, maybe the folks who were saying that LRV operation is loony will finally realize that it's not a bad alternative at all.
And how much money would be spent on this "alternative" that isn't even under consideration?
by amtrakowitz
Mon Jun 19, 2017 1:24 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: MOM Rail Service
Replies: 1126
Views: 312454

Re: MOM Rail Service

R&DB wrote:Any chance of THE tunnel going forward with Trumps infrastucture plans?
No, and what does that have to do with this project?
by amtrakowitz
Thu Jun 08, 2017 1:29 pm
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: NJ Transit: Perhaps Time for a Rebrand?
Replies: 8
Views: 4459

Re: NJ Transit: Perhaps Time for a Rebrand?

When commuters think NJ Transit these days, they think delays, overcrowded and broken down trains, trains smashing into Hoboken terminal...etc. I doubt at this point, public perception could be any lower. With funding reductions, service reductions, mismanagement, decaying infrastructure, and rider...
by amtrakowitz
Mon Mar 06, 2017 10:01 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: MLV EMU Procurement
Replies: 382
Views: 88341

Re: MLV EMU Procurement

But that's not any reason why they "win all around" or how they might be "superior". That's just your opinion.
by amtrakowitz
Fri Jan 20, 2017 11:07 am
Forum: New Jersey Transit NJT Rail and Light Rail LRT
Topic: Will Secaucus, Hoboken be ghost towns if one-seat is built
Replies: 22
Views: 9048

Re: Will Secaucus, Hoboken be ghost towns if one-seat is bu

The only official proposal I'm aware of was this . It did not include Hoboken and it seems to not really have been dropped for complexity as much as cost — which I suppose could be the same thing. There was another proposal post 9/11 by a NJ straphangers group to link the PATH train line through th...
by amtrakowitz
Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:48 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela Speeds
Replies: 809
Views: 138549

Re: Acela Speeds

The Wall Street Journal has an article today summarizing the NIMBYS objections to the proposed Eastern Connecticut Corridor line change. Here is a Fair Use quotation: The federal government has a $120 billion plan that would cut Amtrak’s Acela Express travel time between New York and Boston by 45 m...
by amtrakowitz
Wed Jan 18, 2017 7:43 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela Speeds
Replies: 809
Views: 138549

Re: Acela Speeds

Acela 2.0 will be plenty busy and well-accommodated simply replacing Acela 1.0, so I don't see why they need to do low platform at WAS, and it is too late now: you'll get what you get when the Acela 2s arrive. They're going to be awesome, Thanks for the enthusiasm. I remember similar enthusiasm whe...
by amtrakowitz
Tue Jan 17, 2017 3:40 pm
Forum: Amtrak
Topic: Acela Speeds
Replies: 809
Views: 138549

Re: Acela Speeds

The so-called Avelia Liberty does not look to be a pure Pendolino. And there is no point in building them to run at 186 mph, unless there are going to be actual high-speed corridors built in the USA and outside the NEC. Focusing on upgrading the existing former PRR and NYNH&H corridors (in the fashi...

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