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Old August 16th, 2011, 11:55 AM   #241
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Woonsocket
Manville
Interstate 295 Park & Ride
Cumberland
Valley Falls
Pawtucket
Smithfield Ave

Downtown Providence
Olneyville
Reservoir
Park Ave
Jefferson Boulevard

T. F . Green Airport
Apponaug
East Greenwich
Frenchtown Plaza
Quonset Gateway
Quonset Point


Kingston / Providence Line
Kingston
Wickford JCT

T. F . Green Airport
Providence
Pawtucket
South Attleboro
Attleboro
Mansfield
Sharon
Canton JCT
Westwood / Route 128
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Old August 18th, 2011, 12:29 PM   #242
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Old August 25th, 2011, 07:51 PM   #243
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Old August 28th, 2011, 07:25 AM   #244
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Grand Central Terminal (New York, NY)

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Grand Central Terminal is eerily calm before the storm
Katie Cannon writes

According to the Metro Transit Authority, the ridership for Grand Central Terminal in 2010 was 41,903,210. If all days had equal ridership in a year, that would be 114,803 people per day. I'd say this scene is a stark contrast to what one would see on a normal day. See more from NBC's Harry Smith below.

Update 10:02 p.m. ET: msnbc.com photojournalist Jonathan Woods visited Grand Central tonight to document its eerie state. We've replaced the (very cool) MTA handout picture with his frames. Jon has filed a number of posts today, including shots from Upper Manhattan hurricane preparations and a picture of a cruise ship leaving New York Harbor.









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Old August 29th, 2011, 03:51 AM   #245
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A Once in a blue moon moment right there ladies and gentleman. Empty Grand Central ant what I assume is day or early evening.
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Old August 31st, 2011, 05:18 PM   #246
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http://www.mta.info/mnr/html/mnr_port_jervis.html

The Port Jervis line will be out for several months because flood waters washed out the gravel under the rails in some places and damaged the signal system. Luckily the line is lightly used with only about 2,300 passengers each weekday.
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Old September 2nd, 2011, 02:13 AM   #247
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New Jersey Transit / West of Hudson Metro North

What lines would serve the Major stations...in 2040.

Hoboken Terminal
Port Jervis line
Main line
Bergen County line

Pascack Valley line
Montclair - Boonton line
Morristown line
Gladstone line
Raritan Valley line
North Jersey Coast line
Meadowlands Rail line
Boonton Branch
Jamesburg Branch
Matawan line
South Amboy Branch
Lakehurst line
West Shore line
West Trenton line
Philpsburg Connections
Lackawanna line
Sparta line
Airport Express
Pompton Branch
Hudson Bergen Light Rail - Tonnelle Ave Branch
Hudson Bergen Light Rail - Journal SQ line
Hudson Bergen Light Rail - North shore / 8th Street
PATH - Hoboken line
PATH - World Trade Center line
PATH - 33rd - HOB - JSQ line

Newark Penn station
Northeast Corridor
Raritan Valley line
North Jersey Coast line
Jamesburg Branch
Matawan line
South Amboy Branch
Lakehurst line
West Trenton line
Philpsburg Connections

PATH - Newark line
Newark Light Rail - Main line
Newark Light Rail - Board Street Branch

Secaucus JCT Upper Level
Northeast Corridor
Raritan Valley line
North Jersey Coast line
Jamesburg Branch
Midtown - Direct Morristown line
Midtown - Direct Montclair - Boonton line
Lackawanna line

Secaucus JCT Lower Level
Port Jervis line
Main line
Bergen County line

Pascack Valley line
Sparta line
West Shore line
Meadowlands Rail line

Hudson - Bergen Light Rail - Journal SQ line

New York Penn Station
Northeast Corridor
Raritan Valley line
North Jersey Coast line
Jamesburg Branch
Midtown - Direct Morristown line
Midtown - Direct Montclair - Boonton line
Lackawanna line

Newark Board station
Midtown - Direct Morristown line
Midtown - Direct Montclair - Boonton line
Lackawanna line
Montclair - Boonton line
Morristown line
Gladstone line
Philpsburg Connections
Pompton Branch
Newark Light Rail - Board Street Branch


Trenton Transit Center
Northeast Corridor
Main Riverline
West Trenton Riverline

Hawthorne Transit Center
Port Jervis line
Main line
Bergen County line

Sparta line
Bergen-Passaic Light Rail
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Old September 8th, 2011, 12:18 AM   #249
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News on the radio today mentioned the inauguration of Le Massif de Charlevoix tourist train de luxe that cost approximately $250 million Cdn, of which Québec covered (Inauguration?!? supposedly, the first excursion's gonna be taking place Friday )

Really, Quebec oughtta be ashamed of its daft priorities.



Meanwhile, its neighbour's demonstrating far more passenger-rail ambitions than itsy-ditsy Quebec itself is:-



Or, how about? even fast-forwarding to 3'38" of this here 6'52"-long interview of theirs, probably all in response to the following clickable AP news report:

State Wants To Restore Passenger Rail Service To Montreal


Back to VPR's interview, fast-forward to 4'25" to hear the interviewed Burlington Free Press reporter reveal wishes/intentions to make the Montreal end (of a reactived The Montrealer ) the "security station" for both arriving and departing passengers ... just exactly when did Quebec abandon its very own salaciousness, huh?!?
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Old September 13th, 2011, 08:29 PM   #251
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...The rail's made out of iron, and because it's continually welded,... 1'55"
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Old September 21st, 2011, 06:13 PM   #252
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Metro-North to surpass LIRR to become nation's busiest rail line
Martin B. Cassidy, Staff Writer
Updated 04:47 p.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2011



STAMFORD -- After more than three decades of gradual growth, Metro-North Railroad's total ridership is expected to surpass that of the Long Island Rail Road in 2012 to make Metro-North the nation's busiest rail line.

"It's good news that, as we improve commuter service with new cars and other improvements, that ridership has gone up," said Joseph McGee, vice president of public policy for the Fairfield County Business Council. "It confirms the fact that if you invest in and improve rail transportation, people will ride trains."

A higher than expected ridership growth of 2.1 percent on the New Haven Line from January through May helped Metro-North log 32.7 million passenger trips, beating Long Island Rail Road's total of 32.2 million trips during the same period, according to figures prepared for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board in July.

Long Island Rail Road's 32.2 million trips represented a drop of 1.5 percent from the same period in 2010, according to the figures. Long Island Rail Road has long held the title as the busiest commuter rail line in North America.

"Metro-North's consistent growth goes hand in hand with steady improvements in service, both in frequency, efficiency, and reliability," Metro-North spokeswoman Marjorie Anders said. "With an on-time performance of 98 percent, our customers know they can rely on Metro-North."

Salvatore Arena, a spokesman for the Long Island Rail Road, said the decline in ridership is attributable to the lingering impact the Great Recession has had on employment on Long Island, service cuts to balance the MTA's budget, and various service interruptions caused by January's blizzard and a February ice storm.

A fire on Aug. 23 in a switching tower in Jamaica, N.Y., halted almost all service for most of that day.

"The poor economy and soft labor market are the main reason for the decline over the last two years," Arena said. "This year, several additional factors have contributed to the problem, including the blizzard in January, the ice storm in February, the Amtrak derailment in the East River Tunnel in May, as well the implementation of planned service reductions in an effort to balance the MTA's budget."

In 2012, Metro-North predicts its three lines, the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson, will provide 81.9 million rides, beating out Long Island Rail Road's projected 81.5 million rides. The New Haven Line is fueling much of the growth and is expected to provide a record 38.6 million rides in 2012, which is projected to swell to 40.9 million trips in 2015. The previous record was set in 2008, when the New Haven Line provided 38.2 million trips. In 2015, Metro-North expects to provide 87.4 million trips, compared to Long Island Rail Road's projected 83.4 million.

Connecticut Rail Commuter Council Chairman Jim Cameron said the projected ridership spikes highlight the need for the state Department of Transportation to address infrastructure needs, such as increasing parking at New Haven Line stations, extending platforms and signalizing the right of way to allow for faster service.

The projections could be conservative if ridership is boosted by prolonged higher gasoline prices and if new hiring begins to build momentum, Cameron said.

"We've got new cars that have slightly lower capacity, and, if the projections are for a serious increase in ridership, we still don't have all our stations with 10-car platforms," Cameron said. "There are a lot of things on the infrastructure side under DOT's responsibility that have to be addressed."

McGee also said signalizing the New Haven Line and resulting shorter trip times would be a positive step toward moving to cities like Bridgeport.

"If we improve signalization on the New Haven Line, we can increase significantly service levels and allow speeds to increase," McGee said. "If you can make it from Bridgeport to Manhattan in 55 minutes, that's a really big deal."

State economists in Connecticut and New York said the slowing recovery from job losses from the 2008-09 recession make linking increased ridership with job growth difficult.

Patrick Flaherty, an economist for the Connecticut Department of Labor, said a possible cause of long-term ridership gains might be shown by an analysis he recently completed, which indicated a rise in the number of residents in Connecticut's most populous cities working farther afield from those cities.

Flaherty said an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau employment data from 2002 and 2009 showed 5,183 fewer people in Stamford and 3,903 fewer people in Bridgeport both lived and worked in the city, indicating people are traveling farther to find jobs.

"Though it's hard to match specific industries to ridership, it seems that in this particular economy with severe high unemployment, people are looking for work farther away," Flaherty said. "It may be that people are just extending their search for where they are looking for work geographically."

After Connecticut recovered 25,300 jobs last year of the 119,000 jobs it lost between the start of the recession and the end of the state's recession in January 2010, job growth has slowed, Flaherty said, with only 4,300 new jobs added so far in 2011.

"We're still closer to the bottom than we are to being back to the previous peaks," Flaherty said.

While the financial services and other white-collar fields have failed to restore jobs lost in the recession, New York City has seen a rebound in both the business and professional service, and the education and health job categories continue to grow from last year, said Elena Volovelsky, a senior economist for the New York State Department of Labor's Manhattan office.

In New York City between July 2010 and July 2011, companies added 31,600 new health care and education jobs, including teachers and nurses, Volovelsky said.

The level of employment and business and professional services in July 2011 stands at 605,200, not far behind the peak level of employment in that category in July 2008 of 611,300 jobs.

"We're getting pretty close to the peak in that area," Volovelsky said.

Volovelsky said the hard-hit financial service and real estate sector in New York City recovered a relatively paltry 4,100 jobs in 2011, a growth rate of just under 1 percent.

Peak employment in financial and real estate jobs came in 2007 with 473,000 jobs, she said, but remained at 437,600 jobs as of July 2011.

"We've seen a continuing trend of those jobs slowly declining that has been going on since the 1990s," Volovelsky said.

Staff Writer Martin B. Cassidy can be reached at [email protected] or at 203-964-2264.
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The East Side Access project will connect the Long Island Rail Road with a new concourse underneath Grand Central Terminal. This photo shows construction underway on September 19, 2011. Photo by Metropolitan Transportation Authority / Patrick Cashin.

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LIRR's Penn-Jamaica was suspended again this afternoon due to a lightning strike... does it really have to be like this every time?!?!

good thing we got out of the city just in time, we were probably one of the last trains to get out of penn cause when we were in Queens, there was heavy rain..
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LIRR's Penn-Jamaica was suspended again this afternoon due to a lightning strike... does it really have to be like this every time?!?!

good thing we got out of the city just in time, we were probably one of the last trains to get out of penn cause when we were in Queens, there was heavy rain..
The LIRR is one of the worst run Railroads in North America and always has been...
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SEPTA

Current , Proposed , Planned Stations

Airport Line
Terminals E & F
Terminals C & D
Terminal B
Terminal A East/West
Eastwick Transit Center
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30th Street Station
Suburban Station
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Would the Airport line be realigned? Because they already stop at Eastwick.
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Nope, it's because planners want to turn the currently-temporary Eastwick station into a more permanent park-and-ride facility.
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How can people afford to buy Metro North tickets everyday? 20 for one way peak from New Haven to GCT? Geez.
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How can people afford to buy Metro North tickets everyday? 20 for one way peak from New Haven to GCT? Geez.
buy weekly or monthly card, that will be cheaper
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