RRspatch wrote: ↑Thu Apr 01, 2021 11:37 pm
Close but not quite.
Track "F" (track 8 in CETC) is used at night to store MARC equipment. I believe the MARC yard at Martins Airport is being expanded and electrified so this might be enough to clear F track. Of course I've also heard of plans for a new platform (8 and 9) to be built in this area.
Track 2 is the main freight track through the station and was moved somewhat away from the platform.
Track 3 is the only through low level platform. This track used to be used by longer trains such as the Florida trains and the Crescent. Now that these trains are far shorter than in the past I assume they use tracks 6 and 7 unless there's a conflict in the station. One solution would be to move the MTA light rail station to the location of the old "sleeper yard" just west of Charles street. This would allow No.1 track to become the new freight track with the platform removed. Number 2 track would be shifted back close to the platform with the platform between No.2 and No.3 track possibly being raised to a high level platform.
I did leave it off, yes, but Track F and track 3 are storage. I think I've seen Track 2 be storage as well.
If you move the Light Rail station to west of Charles (connect it to Penn station with a few elevators so it's got better access), you can rebuild Track 1 to be a proper low-platform/freight, rebuild track 2/3 platform to be high, and find space for that storage the cafe will lose (because elevator access to track 2/3 -- idea: extend the station by 12 feet towards Charles Street, put elevator access to the LR station there and storage for the cafe).