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Old March 27th, 2015, 07:44 PM   #441
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2015.04.14 - introduction of new rail cars on WMATA Blue Line

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Old March 27th, 2015, 09:31 PM   #442
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Old March 28th, 2015, 05:36 PM   #443
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MARC Penn Line has some new passenger cars - I guess these are the MARC IV? They had electric outlets.
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MARC Penn Line has some new passenger cars - I guess these are the MARC IV? They had electric outlets.
They shared a purchasing order with New Jersey Transit , but I don't think they have outlets.


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April 7, 2015
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Map of the proposed extension and station locations. (Image courtesy of Greater Greater Washington).

“Northern Virginia's commuter rail service, VRE, is taking the first steps to extend its Manassas Line 11 miles farther west, to Haymarket.

The extension would bring commuter rail to three new stations in Prince William County, which is growing quickly. It would split off as a spur from the Manassas Line, with some trains going on to Broad Run on the existing line, and some trains going to Haymarket...”
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Old April 8th, 2015, 03:43 AM   #446
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April 7, 2015
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“The architectural firm behind the remake of New York’s Grand Central Terminal will lead the effort to plan a $10 billion proposed expansion of Union Station, a project that could triple passenger capacity at the station.

Beyer Blinder Belle, with offices in New York and Washington, oversaw design, master planning and the revitalization of Grand Central, turning the 1913 Beaux Arts-style train station into a more modern, accessible and efficient rail hub. The firm has done similar work rehabilitating historic buildings in Washington including for Smithsonian museums.
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Old April 8th, 2015, 06:47 PM   #447
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They shared a purchasing order with New Jersey Transit , but I don't think they have outlets.


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Well that's a sort of stupid decision
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Let's clarify: The NJT MLVs have a handful of outlets on each car, located at the car ends. The MARC MLVs have outlets at every seat/row.
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8 Critical Rail Projects That Amtrak Can't Afford

A major rail advisory commission presents a sobering new wish list for the Northeast Corridor over the next five years.

Eric Jaffe @e_jaffe Apr 21, 2015

Baltimore & Potomac Tunnels
Additional Funding Needed: $310 million

The Northeast Corridor commission calls the Baltimore and Potomac tunnels—which date back to the Civil War—a "primary chokepoint." Train volume is limited as four tracks narrow down to two, and speed decreases, too, down to 30 mph. There's a little bit of money on hand, and plans for preliminary engineering and environmental reports before 2020, but Amtrak and the Maryland DOT need another $310 million to complete the design and start the reconstruction.
Read the Rest here : http://www.citylab.com/commute/2015/...afford/391038/

There is some slightly good news that wasn't in the article. The Pelham Bay Bridge will be replaced if NY state goes ahead with Penn Station access for Metro North along with a few Interchange upgrades and Catenary replacements. The Connecticut Bridges are part of a large 10 year , 100 billion state investment plan which is gaining some support in Connecticut. Some Federal Funding will be needed , but its more like 50/50 or 60/40 with some of the projects. The Gateway Project includes the Portal Bridge , i'm not sure why they chose to separate them. The 2 Really big concerning Projects are the Gateway and Baltimore Tunnels.... Everytime there's a failure on those 2 structures the whole corridor feels the ripple affect. DC Union Expansion plan relies on Private funding for some or most of its plan...as it includes capping the yards for redevelopment. The Fast Redevelopment cycle of that region , means that the project could be fully funded sometime over the next 5 years.
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Phase 2 of Silver Line will not open before end of 2019, if ever.

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They'll eventuality be pressured to do so, considering that it has direct access to Dulles. I highly doubt it will go the was of the streetcar, and much more likely the way of the other 99% of rail projects that get delayed. Anyway, better to realize delays 4 years out, as opposed to 4 weeks, like with the red line.
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A 20% delay is not exactly deal-breaking. The timetable is still just roughly equivalent to an Undergraduate degree in timeframe.
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Maryland commuter rail, bus riders will pay more

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Maryland's governor thinks the Purple Line is too expensive, but wants to build a $10 billion maglev. Huh?

By David Alpert
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June 4, 2015

"Maryland Governor Larry Hogan campaigned on cutting costs. Since taking office, however, he's expressed interest in throwing big money at numerous transportation programs—just not the transit lines that actually work and which businesses and residents want. His latest big spending idea: A $10 billion maglev between DC and Baltimore...."
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The Maglev is an expensive boondoggle. Intercity Journey times between Baltimore & Washington are 25 to 30mins and affordable. I highly doubt the Maglev fares would be affordable or generate a high enough ridership to justifly building the line. The Governor should Spend money on expanding the Urban & Suburban Rail Networks which would benefit 100,000s of residents instead a Rail line for the Elite few. If Japan believes so much in this project , why aren't they building it themselves? Why does it have to be a loan....? Its a Joke...
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Hogan's full of crap. But I guess that's what Maryland deserves when barely anybody shows up to the polls
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Hogan's full of crap. But I guess that's what Maryland deserves when barely anybody shows up to the polls
Sadly that is the issue throughout this country and why these morons ever make it into office.
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Sadly that is the issue throughout this country and why these morons ever make it into office.
Sometimes I truly wonder about the stupidity of American voters.
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MD Governor Larry Hogan approves the Purple Line, but with reduced state funding. Red Line is cancelled. Link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...01435258239133
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MD Governor Larry Hogan approves the Purple Line, but with reduced state funding. Red Line is cancelled. Link:http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/...01435258239133
Hopefully for only 3.5 years though. Either way, I still believe he's making an awful choice here.
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