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Old October 16th, 2015, 06:36 PM   #1081
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Blockade to speed Chicago – St Louis upgrade
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USA: Amtrak services between Chicago and St Louis have been suspended for 15 days from October 16 to permit major track and signalling renewals on the 455 km corridor, which is being upgraded for 177 km/h operation. This follows four previous eight-day blockades in 2012-15, with further closures expected in both 2016 and 2017.

Under the $1·9bn project, which is largely being funded through the federal government's high speed rail programme, much of the track is being relaid, and several sections totalling 91 km are being double-tracked. Around a third of the route is being fenced, and 234 of the 256 level crossings are being upgraded. In total, $757m is being spent on track and structures and $218m on level crossing works, with a further $414m being invested in new rolling stock capable of 200 km/h operation

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Old October 16th, 2015, 11:13 PM   #1082
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Old October 17th, 2015, 01:02 AM   #1083
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Great!

However, I think St. Louis - Kansas City Corridor could also be upgraded to 125 mph for passenger trains in the future.

During this suspension, Lincoln Service and Texas Eagle will run in other tracks?
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Old October 22nd, 2015, 08:03 PM   #1084
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SMART conductor DeAndre Bess makes a test run of a train on Tuesday north of Novato. Bess said “compared to a freight train — which is what I’m used to — this is like a sports car.” Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal


A train runs near the Redwood landfill near Novato on Tuesday as SMART began testing the system. Robert Tong — Marin Independent Journal


By Mark Prado, Marin Independent Journal
Posted: 10/21/15, 9:00 PM PDT

SMART trains are rolling up and down a stretch of track in Novato this week as rails and cars are tested for the first time.

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“This is significant,” said Matt Stevens, SMART spokesman, as he stood near new tracks near the landfill just before the train rolled in, its horn sounding...

Part of the testing involves training new train operators. DeAndre Bess sat at the controls this week as the train rolled smoothly down the track south, with Highway 101 to the right and wetlands to the left.

“Compared to a freight train — which is what I’m used to — this is like a sports car,” Bess said. “It accelerates faster and brakes faster. It feels lighter than a locomotive.”

The scene of the silver and green passenger trains in Marin drew curious glances from onlookers in cars on the freeway and from those who were in parking areas along the railway.

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“Braking performance and acceleration performance are being looked at as well,” Stevens said.

To that end, engineers, including several from the manufacturer Sumitomo Corp. of America were on board monitoring computers that were fed data from the braking system to check operation in dry and wet conditions. Barrels on board filled with water were sent to the braking system via hoses to simulate rainy weather conditions.

“We test everything in and on the train,” Stevens said. “We make sure all the doors open, that the electrical switches work along with lights. Basically every mechanical function of the train has to work properly.”

The train cars’ interiors are completed. They feature restrooms, a snack area, several tables and upholstery in shades of green — sea foam and Kelly.

Each chair has a fold-down tray similar to those on airplanes and the seats recline as well. Electrical plugs are in each row against the wall and see-through overhead bins are available for storage.

SMART has three of the two-car train sets in its possession and four more are due. Service from San Rafael to Santa Rosa is set for late 2016. Marin SMART stops will include downtown San Rafael, the Marin Civic Center and stations in Novato at Hamilton and San Marin Drive/Atherton Avenue. There is also renewed discussion of having some service to downtown Novato, with the potential stop part of a $100,000 study. An extension to Larkspur soon after service begins could be put in if federal money comes through, officials said.

Speed is also being looked at during testing. Earlier this week, the train was kept at 25 mph. By Thursday, SMART hopes to ramp up to 50 mph. By next week the train could be tested at its allowed maximum: 79 mph.

That brought a warning from SMART chief Farhad Mansourian.

“This is an active railroad,” he said. “We are not only testing, but there is active freight operations on the tracks as well. Please obey signs and listen to the sounds. We can’t say it enough: safety, safety, safety.”
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Old October 24th, 2015, 05:56 AM   #1085
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Lehigh Valley studying viability of restarting rail service to Philadelphia area

By Jason Laughlin, Inquirer Staff Writer
Posted: October 16, 2015

A rebirth of the long-ago rail route between Philadelphia and the Lehigh Valley is among the possibilities being considered in a two-year study looking at transportation options for the quickly growing region.

The MoveLV: Long Range Transportation Plan will look for the best transportation options for the Allentown-Easton-Bethlehem region. Surveys conducted in the last year suggest demand for such a major rail project.

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Obstacles abound for a rail line to Philadelphia. Federal funding for transportation has declined to a trickle, said Chris Puchalsky, of the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, and much state money is wrapped up in maintaining existing rail networks.

"We're not in the funding environment where this is feasible today," he said of restarting rail service from the Lehigh Valley to Philadelphia.
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Old October 24th, 2015, 07:34 PM   #1086
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How Safety Rules and Enviro Regs Work to the Detriment of American Rail
Friday, October 16, 2015
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Not only do we have safety rules that are no good for safety, we also have environmental rules that are no good for the environment. In a post at Itinerant Urbanist, Sandy Johnston looks at a passenger rail project in southern California, linking San Bernardino to Redlands, as a case study in the unintended consequences of these regulations

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The project isn’t in and of itself a particularly bad one; it’s pretty low-key, in an existing right-of-way with few obstacles, and serves an area that could generate OK ridership. Though the new line will connect to Metrolink service at San Bernardino, planners are currently leaning towards running it with Diesel Multiple Unit (DMU) trains, such as those used by NICTD’s Sprinter service between Oceanside and Escondido. That’s probably the right choice; planned frequencies (30 minutes at peak) don’t justify electrification, and a pure extension of Metrolink service couldn’t offer the desired level of service.
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Old November 3rd, 2015, 10:29 PM   #1087
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A look at the future of LA Union Station -- UPDATED

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Old November 5th, 2015, 11:07 PM   #1088
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Putting the pedal down on SMART

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Edit: "Nana-ju nana" is 77 in Japanese, which is how fast (mph) the train is going.
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Old November 5th, 2015, 11:27 PM   #1089
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Not fast enough , should be at least 100mph...
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Old December 6th, 2015, 05:05 AM   #1090
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Springfield-To-New Haven Commuter Rail Cost Increases, Service Begins In 2018

The railroad is promising that new tracks and signals will be ready for trains to run by January 2018 at a new cost of $570 million.

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State transportation planners forecast as many as 750,000 passenger trips a year when the operation gets underway, and more than 1 million a year when the system is completed. It will start with 17 daily round-trips between New Haven and Hartford, and 12 continuing north to Springfield.

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"We really believe transit-oriented development will revitalize Thompsonville and be a bulwark for the rest of the town and the region as a whole," Kissel said. "I've been championing this for years. I'd say, 'Thank you, Gov. Malloy.' "
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 08:49 AM   #1091
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 09:26 AM   #1092
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Why did they actually build a new station for the LIRR? Could they not have use the lower level of Grand Central?
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 09:40 AM   #1093
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Well available track space for starters, Grand central doubles as MNRR's main train Yard. Also the existence of the Park avenue tunnel and the potential threats to its structural integrity, then there is the Grand Central North tunnels one of which is built right behind the retaining wall of the lower yard, or so the diagrams will lead one to believe. Also LIRR Doesn't want to be a guest in two stations, and the MTA sees of moderate amount of common sense in avoiding as many turf wars as they can. Also there is the matter of M7s and the M7As have different contact shoes for different styles of third rails.
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Old December 23rd, 2015, 04:55 PM   #1094
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Will there be an elevator? How are strollers and wheel chairs gonna make it down?
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Detroit connection to speed passenger services
31 Dec 2015





USA: Amtrak’s Wolverine passenger trains between Chicago and Detroit have begun using a new curve at West Detroit Junction, which has been built in conjunction with the upgrading and double-tracking of the former NS route now owned by Michigan Department of Transportation.

Completed in late December, the US$15·8m curve was partially funded by a US$7·9m grant from the Federal Railroad Administration approved in 2012. Located around 3 km south of Amtrak’s Woodward Avenue station, the single-track curve connects the former NS (ex-Conrail) line from Ann Arbor and Chicago with the CN route to Pontiac, which serves the Amtrak station

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Siemens begins production of Brightline trains
Tuesday, January 26, 2016





SIEMENS has completed fabrication of the first stainless steel passenger coach shell for All Aboard Florida's Brightline inter-city service at its plant in Sacramento, California

All Aboard Florida placed an initial order with Siemens in 2014 for five 200km/h trains, each formed of four 25.9m-long coaches and two Charger diesel-electric locomotives. Each seat will seat 240 passengers

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Metro-North at All-Time High; LIRR, Highest Since 1949, Remains Busiest Regional Railroad in Nation

February 02nd, 2016


LIRR after Belmont Stakes

Ridership is up on the MTA's regional rails. Numbers increased significantly on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North Railroad in 2015, giving a significant boost to the economic health of the regions they serve. Metro-North reported all-time record ridership of 86.1 million customers, an increase of 1.6% over 2014, while the Long Island Rail Road remained the busiest regional railroad in the nation, carrying 87.6 million customers, a 2.1% increase over the prior year and the railroad’s highest total since 1949.

The LIRR’s total breaks the modern record set in 2008, when the railroad carried 87.4 million customers. Metro-North’s total ridership growth means that it has more than doubled the ridership the railroad carried when it was founded, in 1983.

“When ridership set records back in 2008, many said it was because of high gasoline prices, and that certainly is one factor,” said MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas F. Prendergast. “But gas prices have sunk to low levels and the trend is continuing. We are seeing the confluence a strengthening regional economy, healthier downtowns around the region, a new generation of millennials who values public transportation, and greater productivity on board our trains through the proliferation of smartphones, tablets and laptops. Customers are also responding to improvements we have made, including more frequent trains, improving on-time performance, a fleet of modern new electric cars, expanding availability of real-time information, and more channels for customer communication.”

LIRR and Metro-North ridership is positioned for even further growth in the years ahead because of investments included in the MTA’s 2015-19 Capital Program, funded through a record contribution from the State of New York made by Governor Andrew M. Cuomo. The program will fund the construction of four new Metro-North stations in the Bronx and the expansion of Metro-North’s New Haven Line to Penn Station, a major expansion of the LIRR’s Main Line between Floral Park and Hicksville, enabling significant reverse commuting to Long Island for the first time, and the construction of new LIRR stations in Queens, in Elmhurst and Sunnyside.

The LIRR’s growth was fueled in equal parts by commuters, who increased 2.1% to 50.4 million customers, an increase of 1.04 million riders, and non-commuters, who increased 2.0% to 37.3 million customers in 2015, an increase of 734,000 riders.

“We’re pleased by the growth, but we’re more pleased be able to provide the best service we can provide and to be a valuable, useful service to more people,” said LIRR President Patrick Nowakowski. “Looking toward the future, we’re pleased that we’re poised to increase our value to the region further, and grow ridership accordingly, through increased reverse-peak service that would result years down the road from the Main Line Expansion program that Governor Cuomo announced this month.”

Continuing previous trends, Metro-North’s non-commutation ridership increased faster than its commuters. In 2015, Metro-North non-commutation increased 2.3%, while commutation increased 1.0%. Metro-North broke ridership records on all three of its main lines east of the Hudson River; the prior records had been set in 2008 on the Harlem Line and last year on the New Haven Line and Hudson Line.

“We spent 2015 working hard to improve Metro-North’s safety record, to restore confidence in Metro-North’s safety culture, and to rebuild our tracks,” said Metro-North President Joseph Giulietti. “We’re delighted to see the increase in ridership because we think it indicates that our attention to safety and improved reliability are encouraging more customers to ride the train.”

Ridership west of the Hudson River increased at a faster rate than east of it. On the Port Jervis Line and New York State portion of the Pascack Valley Line, Metro-North expects 2015 ridership will have increased 4.9% over last year, to a combined total of 1.8 million customers. The volume of customers carried on the two lines is just 300,000 shy of the all-time record set in 2008. The Port Jervis Line and Pascack Valley Line are operated by NJ TRANSIT under contract to Metro-North.

Ridership on the three connecting services operated under contract to Metro-North also increased, by 3.8%, to 556,000. Ridership on the Haverstraw-Ossining Ferry rose 7.1%, while ridership on the Newburgh-Beacon Ferry declined by 3.8%. Ridership on the Hudson Rail Link, a bus service in the Bronx that connects to the Spuyten Duyvil and Riverdale Stations, rose 4.2%. The ferries are operated by New York Waterway. The Hudson Rail Link bus is operated by Atlantic Hudson, Inc.

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SMART update:

"Station finish work is under construction is underway in Marin and Sonoma Counties. Crews started in San Rafael late last year and are moving northward. First, concrete is poured to create the foundation and walls, the station finishes (which include the shelter, trash cans, Clipper Card vending machines and tag on/tag off stations) will be added closer to the start of passenger service."






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Is there an announced date yet for the opening of this line?
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