lensovet wrote: ↑Thu Aug 03, 2023 12:58 pm Given that ridership hasn’t recovered from covid, not sure why we’re buying more equipment.Last thing first, yes, move MSG out and rebuild the station. Deck over the LIRR yard and plop it there. Build a new hotel on top, call it the Hotel Pennsylvanian.
It also seems weird to draw a parallel to London, where everything was owned and operated by a single agency.
I’m having a hard time believing that anyone commuting from NJ is transferring to MNR or LIRR. Subway, yes. Other trains? Where are these people going? Jamaica?
That said, I completely support removing MSG and getting the pillars out of the station.
But for through running, it needs to be studied to death. I'm with you, there's probably only a handful of folks who could take a through-running from Trenton to Jamaica to work at JFK Airport. It gets even worse the farther you go. Dover to Yonkers? High Bridge to New Rochelle?
If it turns out there's enough to run a few trains going through... you'll need multi-mode equipment or power trailers (which is what Amtrak is moving to with the Airo sets).