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Old February 1st, 2015, 02:18 PM   #821
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They had a bar car on the Metro North New Haven for over 40 years without any major problems. The Long Island Railroad has bar carts on the platforms during rush hr. These carts are not allowed during certain events and during the Holidays. There is a bus service that runs between the cities that ive heard does very well. Woonsocket to Providence would do very well...
And here's an video from the last service with the bar car last May. They take away all the nice things in a commuters life =/

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Are there any project for a real HSR in Illinois?

I found this website about a plan to improve the railroad between Chicago and St. Louis to make possible a 110-mph service with conventional Amtrak trains (GE Genesis + Horizont cars): http://www.idothsr.org/

But, I think this corridor should be modernized with electrification, dedicated line for freight services (1 for freight trains + 2 for Amtrak trains) and top speed at 150 mph using trainsets such as Acela Express.

Nowadays, Lincoln Service trains makes 5 hours and 30 minutes from Chicago to St. Louis in four daily round-trips. With a real electric HSR at 150 mph (and 110 mph in average speed), travel time could be reduced to three hours. This could make cities like Springfield and Lincoln can be places for that commuters that work in Chicago can live with their families.
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More information coming on Plaistow commuter rail station Wednesday

ADAM SWIFT
Union Leader Correspondent

PLAISTOW — Residents and town officials could have a lot more information about a potential commuter rail station and layover facility this week.

On Wednesday, the New Hampshire Department of Transportation will host a public information meeting on the Plaistow Commuter Rail Extension Study at 7 p.m. at Plaistow Town Hall.

During the meeting, the NHDOT will present a draft recommended alternative for a potential station and layover facility for extended commuter rail service.

Over the past year, consultants have been undertaking a $667,000 study on bringing MBTA commuter rail service to New Hampshire.

Three potential alternatives have been brought forward for stations and layover facilities, with the NHDOT expected to make its recommendation for one site on Wednesday night.

One of the alternatives includes a layover facility in Haverhill and a station in Plaistow, and two others are for a combined layover and rail station in Plaistow in locations off Main Street.
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Northeast Rail Corridor to get new New Jersey stop with its own transit village


By Hank Kalet
New Jersey commuters wanting easy access to the Northeast rail corridor could have a whole new neighborhood to consider.

On the grounds of the former Johnson and Johnson plant in North Brunswick construction is underway on a major transit village that, if all goes well, will have its own train station on the Northeast corridor.

The project is called Main Street North Brunswick, which is on Route 1 between Princeton and New Brunswick. When finished it will boast 1,875 housing units, a hotel and spaces for offices and retail stores. All this will be anchored by the new NJ Transit station.

But the billboards celebrating Main Street North Brunswick may seem curious to some, given that they share space with recently opened Costco and Target stores – big-box stores not normally associated with successful downtown areas – and because North Brunswick lacks a traditional downtown. The township, like many in central New Jersey, is dotted with housing subdivisions and shopping centers, along with a large industrial zone.
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Plans for Renovated Nostrand Avenue LIRR Station Revealed

By Camille Bautista on January 15, 2015 3:59pm
BEDFORD-STUYVESANT — Nostrand Avenue’s Long Island Rail Road station may soon get a facelift, according to MTA officials.

LIRR representatives revealed rehabilitation plans for the Atlantic Branch’s two-track elevated station at a community meeting Tuesday during which they detailed new staircases and glass canopies.

The proposal includes security cameras, improved LED lighting fixtures, new platforms and pedestrian overpasses composed of stainless steel to prevent rusting.

“The project will modernize the station and make it very attractive,” said Javier Toro, senior project manager for the agency.



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Local lawmakers push to upgrade Danbury, New Canaan rail lines

Posted: Friday, February 13, 2015 8:15 pm | Updated: 9:45 pm, Fri Feb 13, 2015.

By ROBERT KOCH
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"Commuters have suffered under unacceptable conditions as unnecessary obstacles are thrown before the workforce we depend on as the engine of our state economy," O'Dea said. "These bills will take us through the critical first steps of changing those conditions, and providing the necessary investments which will ensure safety, reliability and efficiency."

In 2006, ConnDOT launched the "the Danbury Branch Electrification Feasibility Study" to evaluate the feasibility of electrifying the Danbury Line as well as other alternatives to improve service. The alternatives ranged from electrifying the line from South Norwalk to Wilton to extending and electrifying the line to New Milford. Estimated costs in 2010 dollars ran from $237 million to $495 million.
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Officials tout benefits of Danbury line extension

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Updated 9:05 pm, Friday, February 13, 2015
DANBURY -- A proposal to provide passenger trains from Danbury to Massachusetts is gaining traction and experts now say the service could bring millions of dollars in economic benefits to the region.

While passenger service along the Housatonic Railroad's existing freight line -- from Danbury through to New Milford and Kent -- was proposed more than five years ago, the plans have sparked renewed interest in recent months as more officials throw their support behind it.
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Plans for train station on Pawtucket, Central Falls line are picking up steam

By Patrick Anderson Posted Feb. 1, 2015 @ 12:01 am

PAWTUCKET, R.I. — Supporters of restoring commuter rail service to Pawtucket and Central Falls say a decade of planning work has brought them “halfway there” to the goal of a new train station serving the two cities.

“We are at the halfway point … and we understand that it seems like a snail’s pace,” said Natasha Velickovic, project manager with consultants VHB at a recent information session at the Blackstone Valley Visitors Center. “But that is just the federal process, and we have to get through it.”
If all goes well, state, Pawtucket and Central Falls leaders believe a new station could be ready to host trains in five years, which would represent a surge of progress from the current pace.
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So the State of Connecticut is planning on pumping tens of billions into its infrastructure over the next few decades. Here's a list of Projects that were included in the plan which i'm sure will grow aswell.


CONNECTICUT’S BOLD VISION FOR A TRANSPORTATION FUTURE

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Metro North / Western Connecticut


ELECTRIC FLEET REPLACEMENT
Future life-cycle replacement of existing electric fleet for use on New Haven Line
(NHL), Connecticut’s share.
$1,250,000,000

DIESEL FLEET REPLACEMENT
Replace existing diesel locomotives and coaches for use on New Haven Line (NHL).
$300,000,000

MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND YARD IMPROVEMENTS
Rehab and improve existing rail maintenance facilities and yards on New Haven Line
(NHL), including New Haven, Bridgeport and Stamford (finish catenary replacement).
$1,460,000,000

COMMUNICATIONS AND SIGNAL UPGRADES
Upgrade rail communications and signals on New Haven Line (NHL) to reach state
of good repair. Upgrades include positive train control (PTC), network infrastructure
upgrades, communication and signal system replacements and rail communications and
signal improvements for mainline and branch lines.
$1,120,200,000

CATENARY REPLACEMENTS AND POWER UPGRADES

Life-cycle replacement of superstructures and wiring (includes substations) due to age
and condition. Danbury Dock Yard is also included.
$700,000,000

FIXED RAIL BRIDGES - STATE OF GOOD REPAIR
Rehab and or replace all fixed rail bridges on New Haven Line (NHL) to attain state of
good repair. This includes all fixed rail bridges on mainline and branch lines.
$2,175,000,000

MOVABLE RAIL BRIDGES - STATE OF GOOD REPAIR
Rehab and or replace all movable rail bridges on New Haven Line (NHL) to attain state
of good repair.
$2,825,000,000

RAIL TRACK PROGRAM
Improvements and upgrades to existing tracks on New Haven Line (NHL) including
concrete tie repair, interlocking, drainage, track, ties, rail and road bed.
$1,680,000,000

EXISTING STATION AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements and upgrades to existing stations and parking on New Haven Line (NHL),
including mainline and branch line improvements.
$1,500,000,000

ELECTRIC FLEET EXPANSION
Expansion of existing electric fleet for use on New Haven Line (NHL).
$265,000,000

DIESEL FLEET EXPANSION
Expansion of existing diesel locomotives and coaches for use on New Haven Line
(NHL), including mainline and branch lines.
$230,000,000

NEW RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITIES AND YARDS
ON BRANCH LINES

Construction of new rail maintenance facilities and yards on New Haven Line (NHL)
branch lines will allow for expanded branch line rail service to and from mainline.
$100,000,000


NEW RAIL MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND YARD FOR
INTERCITY RAIL SERVICE

A new intercity maintenance facility and storage yard in New Haven will allow for the
expansion of existing inter-city rail service to and from Washington, DC.
$500,000,000

NEW CANAAN BRANCH LINE IMPROVEMENTS

Significant improvements on New Canaan branch line service between Darien and
New Canaan to increase frequency and enhance service to and from mainline.
Improvements include Springdale siding, platform, and station improvements.
$45,000,000

ELECTRIFY DANBURY BRANCH LINE
Electrification of existing Danbury branch line service between South Norwalk and
Danbury would allow for extended one–seat ride service on New Haven Line (NHL).
$400,000,000

EXTEND RAIL SERVICE FROM DANBURY TO NEW MILFORD
This includes all of the estimated capital costs associated with extending rail service
from Danbury to New Milford without electrification.
$450,000,000

ELECTRIFY EXTENDED RAIL SERVICE FROM DANBURY
TO NEW MILFORD
This includes just the estimated electrification costs associated with extending rail
service from Danbury to New Milford.
$540,000,000

WATERBURY BRANCH LINE IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements to Waterbury branch line service between Bridgeport and Waterbury to
increase frequency and enhance service to and from mainline. Improvements include
completion of signalization, grade crossings, sidings, and station improvements.
$350,000,000

TRACK IMPROVEMENTS BETWEEN MILFORD AND NEW HAVEN
Restore four–track capacity between Milford and New Haven to increase capacity and
enhance service on New Haven Line (NHL).
$300,000,000

FULL CAPACITY NEW HAVEN LINE SERVICE
Realign Connecticut’s existing tracks and stations between New Haven and New York
to provide significant frequency and speed enhancements on New Haven Line (NHL).
This project would result in a two–track local and two–track express service on the
mainline, with center island platforms at key locations between New Haven and New
York. It includes communications and signal enhancements.
$2,000,000,000

NEW STATIONS AND PARKING
Construction of new stations and parking on New Haven Line (NHL). Includes
construction of new stations in Bridgeport (Barnum), Orange, and a new parking garage
in New Haven with pedestrian connections.
$200,000,000


Hartford Line / Central Connecticut

BERLIN-WATERBURY RAIL IMPROVEMENTS

Upgrade existing freight rail line (includes track, bridges, and Terryville tunnel).
Preserve option for future passenger rail service.
$200,000,000

DIESEL FLEET REPLACEMENT (Hartford Line)
Future life-cycle replacement of Hartford Line Fleet.
$325,000, 000

MAINTENANCE FACILITY AND YARD IMPROVEMENTS
Upgrade and maintain state of good repair of existing rail maintenance facility in
New Haven to service Hartford Line and Shore Line East (SLE), including facility
improvements to accommodate longer locomotives.
$50,000,000

REHABILITATION OF CONNECTICUT RIVER RAILROAD BRIDGE
This bridge is located over the Connecticut River between Windsor Locks and Enfield.
Major rehabilitation and replacement of the center span is needed due to age and
condition. Improvements will allow for higher load ratings and increased speeds.
$80,000,000

EXISTING STATIONS AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements and upgrades to existing stations and parking on Hartford Line to
maintain state of good repair.
$250,000,000

DIESEL FLEET EXPANSION for Hartford Line
Expand diesel fleet to accommodate increase in future service on Hartford Line from
17 round trips per day to 25 round trips per day.
$120,000,000

TRACK IMPROVEMENTS to Hartford Line
Hartford Line improvements from Windsor to Springfield; includes double-tracking.
This improvement would allow for increased rail service from 17 round trips per day to
25 round trips per day.
$500,000,000

NEW STATIONS ON HARTFORD LINE
Construction of new stations and parking on the Hartford Line. Proposed locations
include North Haven, Hamden, Newington, West Hartford, Windsor, Windsor Locks,
and Enfield.
$250,000,000

Shore Line East / Eastern Connecticut

ELECTRIC FLEET MIDLIFE OVERHAUL
Critical systems replacement to maintain state of good repair of recently purchased M8
cars for use on Shore Line East (SLE).
$20,000,000

ELECTRIC FLEET REPLACEMENT
Future life-cycle replacement of recently purchased M8 cars for use on
Shore Line East (SLE).
$120,000,000

REPLACEMENT OF CONNECTICUT RIVER RAILROAD BRIDGE
Replacement of the Amtrak moveable bridge in Old Saybrook. This project will allow
for increased load ratings, greater reliability, and higher speeds for both Shore Line East
(SLE) commuter rail and Amtrak inter-city regional rail service.
$220,000,000

EXISTING STATION AND PARKING IMPROVEMENTS
Improvements and upgrades to existing stations and parking to maintain state of
good repair.
$250,000,000

ELECTRIC FLEET EXPANSION
Purchase of additional M8 cars for future expansion of Shore Line East (SLE) service,
allowing for more one-seat rides to and from New Haven Line (NHL) and New York.
$40,000,000
SHORE LINE EAST (SLE) IMPROVEMENTS
New sidings in Waterford, new interlocking in Clinton, and new lay-over facility in New
London. These improvements will allow for greater flexibility and increased capacity of
SLE service and Amtrak inter-city regional rail service.
$250,000,000

CATENARY IMPROVEMENTS AND POWER UPGRADES
Enhance capacity of Shore Line East (SLE) service to New York by upgrading Amtrak’s
existing catenary system and power.
$100,000,000

NEW STATION IN NIANTIC
Construction of new station and parking on Shore Line East (SLE) in Niantic.
$30,000,000

EXTEND RAIL SERVICE TO RHODE ISLAND
Includes estimated capital costs to extend Shore Line East (SLE) rail service from New
London to Westerly, Rhode Island.
$200,000,000

FREIGHT RAIL IMPROVEMENTS IN EASTERN CONNECTICUT
Includes estimated capital costs to improve the existing NECR and P&W rail freight
lines in Eastern Connecticut from New London north to Massachusetts, preserving
options for future passenger rail service. Improvements include tracks, bridges, sidings
and grade crossings.
$200,000,000
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Governor Cuomo Announces Final Design for Revitalized Hicksville Station

By Long Island News & PRs -- Published: February 24 2015

Hicksville, NY - February 23rd, 2015 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the final design for a new Long Island Rail Road station in Hicksville. The project is a $120 million investment meant to revitalize the region’s busiest transit hub and kick-start residential and commercial development in the hamlet's downtown. Renderings of the project can be viewed here.

“By renovating the Hicksville station, we’re moving ahead with much-needed upgrades at one of the LIRR’s busiest outlets and breathing new economic life into the community,” Governor Cuomo said. “This rehabilitation is designed to fundamentally improve riders’ experiences at Hicksville while also setting the stage for expanded service through the East Side Access project, and I am pleased to see it moving forward.”

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Bound Brook to renovate train station platform, waiting room, report says


By Dave Hutchinson | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
on March 13, 2015 at 11:15 AM, updated March 13, 2015 at 3:30 PM

BOUND BROOK — In January, nighttime one-seat rides to New York started on the Raritan Valley Line.

As a result, many municipalities with train stations are looking to use the one-seat ride as a catalyst for downtown redevelopment plans, including Bound Brook, which is looking to upgrade the eastbound platform of its train station, according to a report on mycentraljersey.

The project would also include reopening the historic 100-by-50-foot brick building as a waiting room -- train passengers currently must wait outside -- and the restoration of a staircase from South Main Street by the rotary.
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Clarkstown aims to create transit village in Nanuet


Clarkstown is studying the idea of relocating the Nanuet train station closer to the hamlet's business district and new shopping mall.

Khurram Saeed, [email protected] 12:02 p.m. EST January 16, 2015

Clarkstown is studying the idea of relocating the Nanuet train station closer to the hamlet's business district and new shopping mall.

At the very least, officials say the station — currently little more than a platform and heated shelter — needs to be overhauled, such as adding a coffee shop or eatery, to take full advantage of its prime location while helping to transform Nanuet into a quaint transit village.

"The train station is a tremendous opportunity to really make Nanuet not just a better walkable community but also a destination," said Clarkstown Town Board member Stephanie Hausner, who cited Metro-North Railroad's station in Rye and NJ Transit's station in Park Ridge, New Jersey, as success stories.
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Newark Penn Station to Celebrate 80th Anniversary on Monday

Friday, March 20, 2015


Newark Penn Station will turn 80 this Monday, and New Jersey Transit is planning a celebration. The station, which is located in Downtown Newark, serves PATH trains, New Jersey Transit trains, the Newark Light Rail, Amtrak trains, and local buses. It is the busiest train station in New Jersey, with an average of over 27,000 (Commuter Rail) weekday New Jersey Transit train riders. Newark Penn Station was designed by McKim, Mead and White, and was dedicated on March 23, 1935. Rail service began the following day.

A variety of activities will take place throughout the morning and afternoon. From 9:30am to 2:00pm, the New Jersey Transportation Heritage Center, of Phillipsburg, will present a historical bus display in front of the station on Raymond Plaza West. Buses from the 1950s will be on display. In addition, there will be musical performances by Brian Miguel at 10:00am, Rachel Menconi at 11:20am, and Susyn Timko at 12:00pm. Plus, the Newark Arts High School Jazz Ensemble will perform at 1:00pm and 2:00pm.

35-minute long tours of Newark Penn Station will be offered at 11:00am at 12:00pm, starting at the information booth. Participants will learn about the history of the station and the Pennsylvania Railroad, tour the concourses, see architectural design features, and learn about future projects. A question and answer session will follow, and a speaking program is scheduled for 1:30pm.

Partners include the Greater Newark Convention and Visitors Bureau, the New Jersey Performing Arts Center, the Newark Museum, and the Ironbound Business Improvement District.
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The Wolverine Amtrak train travels east from Chicago to Niles, Mich., through the Porter Junction. The $74 million Indiana Gateway project includes separating tracks at Porter Junction, where 14 Amtrak trains and 90 freight trains per day now cross paths.

20 hours ago • By Keith Benman [email protected]

Amtrak passenger rail and the South Shore commuter railroad also continue to plan and secure funding for their plans in the region.

The $74 million Indiana Gateway project, which will help speed Amtrak trains into Chicago, is already underway and should be complete within a couple of years. A key part of the project involves separating tracks at Porter Junction, where 14 Amtrak trains and 90 freight trains per day now cross paths.

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New Castle fighting for a safer rail crossing

New Castle officials said concerns about the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua and last month's horrific train-car crash in Valhalla are making them take action to make that crossing safer.

CHAPPAQUA – The safest way for cars to cross railroad tracks is via a bridge or a tunnel because cars and trains never intersect.

Although there are efforts at the federal level to provide communities with funding to build such costly infrastructure, one Westchester town isn't waiting to make its Metro-North grade crossing safer. New Castle officials said there are too many concerns about the Roaring Brook Road crossing in Chappaqua and last month's horrific train-car crash in nearby Valhalla — which took the lives of two town residents — has served as a painful call to action.
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Metro-North: Bill requires safety messages on trains


Metro-North Railroad would have to make announcements about what to do in an emergency aboard all of its trains every 20 minutes under a proposed bill in Albany.

The messages would cover evacuation procedures, how to open emergency exits and the location of survival equipment.
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The Metropolitan Transportation Authority is considering several measures to improve safety at Long Island Rail Road crossings, including elevating tracks.

The issue is receiving more attention after two LIRR trains struck vehicles this week.

“If they were elevated, that would be a better alternative,” one rider told WCBS 880 Long Island Bureau Chief Mike Xirinachs. “Now you’re not going to have any cars crossing through the crossings.”
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Top Speed : 100 mph (161 km/h) (Design) & 80 mph (129 km/h) (Service)
Electrification systems : 750 V DC (Third rail) ,12.5 kV 60 Hz AC (Catenary) & 25kV 60 Hz AC (Catenary)
Power Supply : 3rd Rail & Catenary
Weight : 144,850 pounds (65,700 kg) (A car) &143,780 pounds (65,220 kg)(Bcar)
Build Date : 2010-2014
Entered Service : March 1, 2011
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Top Speed : Diesel mode: 161 km/h (100 mph) & Electric mode: 201 km/h (125 mph)
Electrification systems : 12.5 kV 25 Hz AC Catenary , 12.5 kV 60 Hz AC Catenary , 25 kV 60 Hz AC Catenary
Power Supply : Catenary
Fuel Type : Diesel
Weight : 130.6 t (128.5 long tons; 144.0 short tons)
Build Date : 2010-2012
Entered Service : May 30,2012
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Top Speed : 100 mph (161 km/h) (Design) & 80 mph (129 km/h) (Service)
Electrification systems : 750 V DC
Power Supply : 3rd Rail Top Contact (LIRR M7) & 3rd Rail Bottom Contact (MNRR M7A)
Entered Service : October 30, 2002 (LIRR M7) & April 2004 (MNRR M7A)
Number Built : 1,172 cars
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