Can you provide citations for this "groundswell" of support - by passengers, mind you, the people the railroad is supposed to serve? There has sure been plenty of grumbling.
Actually, no. This trickled down to me when when certain departments were asked to prepare an impact report asking for what would happen if specific (not all) trains were moved to GCT on a permanent basis. Apparently, passengers like this service. I don't know how much constitutes a "groundswell" since that was the quote that was handed down. It could be 100's. It could be 1000's. it could be one, lone politician that likes it. I do know that meetings were held on the subject. Personally, I prefer everything remaining in Penn....although, I admit...having less trains creates breathing room.
Can you provide evidence that the repairs work of the past year is being degraded by fictional "sands of time"? The claim that it is pointless to make repairs and improvements in order to bring the station up to modern standards is over-dramatic and blatantly fabricated.
Ummm...who made the claims it is pointless to make repairs and improvements in order to bring the station up to modern standards? Additionally, you can improve and modernize but it doesn't change the fact that you are still utilizing the infrastructure you improved at a relentless pace. A pace that MAY get worse as the years progress. As things are used, they tend to wear down. Using a switch 3oo times a day is going to produce more wear and tear than something that is used 40 times a day...which will hasten the need for replacement in the future.
It's not about the capability to move from any track to any track. It's about the ability to do so without fouling anywhere. The goal of the project, as you should well know, is to allow LIRR Main Line trains and Hell's Gate trains into their preferred tunnels without crossing paths, increasing throughput due to decreased conflicts over shared points. This project WILL prevent many delays of LIRR and Amtrak trains. Your pessimism will not.
Aaaaand none of that project has to do with "the emergency work in NYP." That's East Side Access. But, since you want to get into it,currently the ability to get from Line 4 to Main Line will STILL cause the Amtrak trains and the LIRR to cross paths....massively. Indeed, despite the press release, you can't currently make that move within Harold. It starts at Wood interlocking, where you can go from ML4 to ML2. Once that is accomplished, you may now proceed from ML2 to Line 4 (and everything else in between.) As you do that, you will CERTAINLY block access....to almost everything since you're moving across the entire plant and there aren't any flyovers in service.
That's not pessimism....that is realism.