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Old April 28th, 2012, 11:41 PM   #401
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The single tracked parts of Port Washington branch really needs to be double tracked. one of the busiest LIRR routes...
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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:17 AM   #402
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How car-centric is your city? Public transit ranked

How easy would it be to leave your car behind or not even have one? A new ranking of U.S. cities Thursday, based on their public transit systems, offers a clue and perhaps some surprises.

As might be expected, New York, San Francisco, Boston and Washington, D.C. top the list of 25 cities, but Miami comes it at eighth place and Los Angeles at 11th, according to the analysis by Walk Score, a website that scores homes and neighborhoods for walkability. Eco-friendly Austin, Texas, ranks 21st, while the other bottom cities include Raleigh (North Carolina), Columbus (Ohio) Las Vegas and Sacramento.

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His group says using public transit saves individuals big bucks estimated at more than $10,000 a year by the American Public Transportation Association. It also notes that young adults are leading the trend toward driving less. The average annual number of vehicle miles traveled by 16- to 34-year-olds in the U.S. fell 23% between 2001 and 2009, according to a study released earlier this month by U.S. PIRG, a federation of consumer groups.

Here's how Walk Score ranks 25 U.S. cities:

(1) New York (Transit Score: 81)

(2) San Francisco (Transit Score: 80)

(3) Boston (Transit Score: 74)

(4) Washington, DC (Transit Score: 69)

(5) Philadelphia (Transit Score: 68)

(6) Chicago (Transit Score: 65)

(7) Seattle (Transit Score: 59)

(8) Miami (Transit Score: 57)

(9) Baltimore (Transit Score: 57)

(10) Portland (Transit Score: 50)
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Old April 29th, 2012, 12:31 AM   #403
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The validity of that list is highly dubious, N Americans do lean toward doctoring their statistics. Only three of the top ten municipalities there bear populations exceeding one million. Funny how N Americans screw around with the context of city versus metropolitan/urban area. It's (Greater?) Frisco's high rating that's set me off here
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Old April 30th, 2012, 06:21 AM   #404
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The validity of that list is highly dubious, N Americans do lean toward doctoring their statistics. Only three of the top ten municipalities there bear populations exceeding one million. Funny how N Americans screw around with the context of city versus metropolitan/urban area. It's (Greater?) Frisco's high rating that's set me off here
I wouldn't be so quick to judge, considering that SF (and Greater SF) does have a decent transit system, in terms of busing. Rail not so much, but in downtown, they do have the MUNI light rail system and Caltrain down to San Jose.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that these are "doctored" statistics either. The first six cities on the list do have extensive transit systems, although I wouldn't put SF second on the list either.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:18 AM   #405
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It's more a case of either the statisticians or journalists themselves being too speedy ... no distinction's made in the report between the communities' municipal or metropolitan areas, thus its tale's unclear.



Anyhow, reported to be the continent's most powerful loco, it's queer that Amtrak literature refrains from covering their HHP-8 the past several years, be it in writing or any image. Furthermore, the speed of MARC's commuter train hauled by their HHP-8s featured in the following video amazes me, I never knew




I suppose motorizing the retractable mirror to the HHP-8s is integral to its streamlining :

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I suppose motorizing the retractable mirror to the HHP-8s is integral to its streamlining :

Is that a station?

If so, that's an utter joke.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 03:01 PM   #407
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Is that a station?

If so, that's an utter joke.
Not unusual for a commuter station. They use bus shelters. No community pride. Even some Amtrak stops use them, thus the monicker "Amshack".
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"Community pride"? I agree there should be better stations, but out of safety and comfort, not "pride".

Pride is irrelevant for any transportation system.
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"Community pride"? I agree there should be better stations, but out of safety and comfort, not "pride".

Pride is irrelevant for any transportation system.
Actually, pride can create public pressure on politicians or companies to improve things.
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^I have seen worse looking stops in Europe. Its not a busy station and not every MARC trains running through there stops there I imagine so no need to be all fancy.

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Not unusual for a commuter station. They use bus shelters. No community pride. Even some Amtrak stops use them, thus the monicker "Amshack".
Theres no Amshack along the Northeast corridor. Every Amtrak stops has proper station buildings. I think every one of them are manned too.
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Old May 1st, 2012, 09:24 PM   #411
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Proof that MARC must've bent over backwards creating its very own CRAMshak(s)
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^I have seen worse looking stops in Europe. Its not a busy station and not every MARC trains running through there stops there I imagine so no need to be all fancy.


Theres no Amshack along the Northeast corridor. Every Amtrak stops has proper station buildings. I think every one of them are manned too.
Yeah, but come on, is it really that hard to build a poxy little pedestrain bridge and platform? I'm sure it's not good for timetabling either.
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Old May 2nd, 2012, 10:33 AM   #413
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^I have seen worse looking stops in Europe.
I have not seen worse in Europe...

The worst in my country is probably H°velte, which was built as a temporary stepping board for unloading soldiers to the nearby barracks... But even that has a full length platform:

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Old May 3rd, 2012, 12:51 AM   #414
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Comments to at least a couple of videos featuring MARC's HHP-8 loco claim there be a difference between MARC's and Amtrak's
versions of this model. If so, then how come their class names don't differ? I mistook 'HHP-8s' as a separate designation, whereas
the 's' was used for the sake of multiplicity. Is there indeed any difference between the operators' versions?


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Old May 3rd, 2012, 01:30 AM   #415
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Comments to at least a couple of videos featuring MARC's HHP-8 loco claim there be a difference between MARC's and Amtrak's
versions of this model. If so, then how come their class names don't differ? I mistook 'HHP-8s' as a separate designation, whereas
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What differences, exactly? I'm not aware of the existence of such variation. Besides, if there is any at all, it would be minimal, and seeing as the locomotives were all purchased and built in the same time period of a couple of years, there's no reason to designate them differently.
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Stubby nose to MARC's fleet, was one such claim ... if true, then the practice of not designating the models differing class names would be queer.
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Stubby nose to MARC's fleet, was one such claim ... if true, then the practice of not designating the models differing class names would be queer.
If it's dimension differences, it would be minimal if any. Specifications for the locomotive show both MARC and Amtrak units have the same specs.
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Metro North says the rodent shorted a transformer at the Cos Cob power substation, stopping trains.

A squirrel was the cause of Wednesday's power outage on Metro-North, delaying thousands of commuters during the morning rush hour.

According to a Metro-North statement released shortly after 4 p.m. Wednesday, "The delays of up to 45 minutes that you experienced during your morning commute resulted from the loss of catenary power from Greenwich to Harrison shortly before 7 AM.

"This power loss was caused by a ground to the electrical feed at the substation in Cos Cob. This was caused when a squirrel entered the area and shorted a transformer.

"We immediately dispatched an emergency crew to the substation where they reset the relays for power protection. Once this was done, our Power Control Center personnel in Grand Central were able to restore power to the area by 7:25 AM.

"We quickly devised a plan to operate a limited number of available trains between New Rochelle and Grand Central, however, because this occurred at the height of our rush hour, a backlog of trains began to build, causing further delays."

The railroad also issued an explanation for delays occurring during the Tuesday evening rush hour which were due to a failed Con Edison power cable that caused sparking from the ceiling of the Park Avenue Tunnel shortly after 6 PM.

"The dangerous condition, occurring in the vicinity of 51st Street, affected an area approximately 30 - 50 feet wide. The burning cable caused several small fires at track level and prohibited us from using the tracks on the west side of the Terminal from track 24 to track 42. As a result, our operating flexibility into/out of Grand Central was severely limited during the height of the evening rush hour. We were able to operate outbound service from Grand Central with 15-20 minute delays; inbound service to the Terminal, however, was temporarily suspended due to the need to shut down power to allow Metro-North, Fire Department, and Con Edison staff to respond to the scene.

"Once the fire was extinguished, and the faulty Con Edison cable identified and shut down, we were able to restore power gradually to all the affected tracks. Regular train service resumed shortly before 8 PM."
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The single tracked parts of Port Washington branch really needs to be double tracked. one of the busiest LIRR routes...
Looking at the schedule I'd say no. You can easily run a half hourly service both ways on single track if your passing spots are in the right place.
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