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Old June 29th, 2015, 09:34 AM   #461
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Larry Hogan is an idiot. I hope Maryland enjoys right-wing rule. $2bn to build expensive highways to butt-**** nowheresville (ie: The Eastern Shore of Maryland) but the state can only provide $0.17bn for the Purple Line, in an area representing 40% of the population of the state? And horrible news for Baltimore.

I'll take the deal though. As long as the Purple Line commences construction, all of the changes from Hogan can be remedied with a Democrat in office in 2019. We just need to get the project off the ground.
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Old June 30th, 2015, 06:56 AM   #462
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Sometimes I truly wonder about the stupidity of American voters.
Indeed -I wonder why more of them don't listen to you.....
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Old July 1st, 2015, 07:43 PM   #463
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Indeed -I wonder why more of them don't listen to you.....
not sure if this is a sarcastic comment, or what.
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Old July 8th, 2015, 07:32 PM   #464
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Independent report identifies more problems with the D.C. Streetcar line
July 9, 2015 2:16 pm

WASHINGTON — Broken streetcar rails, inadequate training for workers and a lack of staff with technical expertise of running a streetcar line are among the problems that should be corrected before the D.C. Streetcar could begin serving the public, a report released Thursday says

Commissioned by the District Department of Transportation, the report by the American Public Transportation Association details 18 recommendations for the $200 million H Street line.

The report finds contractor support is “uneven” and recommends replacing rearview mirrors on the streetcars with cameras

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Old July 11th, 2015, 04:22 AM   #466
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I swear, if I hear one more bad story about mass transit getting killed by surprise right wing governors, or from just being an epic failure from the start, I'm going to have some kind of urban planners depression. Honestly, for a long time, it really seemed like DC/Baltimore were combining what I like about the East Coast, with the Smart Growth policy's of the west. Now all of that seems to be doing down the drain.
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Old July 11th, 2015, 05:11 AM   #467
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More like Washington metro area. Baltimore is behind when it comes to smart growth policies and transit expansion.
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Which begs the question just what additions/changes they're making on the NJ (I think Newark-Trenton) portion of the NEC...some of the notices I've seen indicate that beyond track and signals work, they're also upgrading a lot of the power infrastructure as well.

I can assume a lot of that is improving the catenary, which is pretty bad in many places, but other than that, I've not been able to guess what kinds of improvements could (or need) to be made to the substations and other equipment.

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Well the track geometry from Morrisville, PA to New Brunswick, NJ (actually from Mars Interlocking all the way to the Metuchen curve) is almost dead straight. The line's speed limit is entirely a consequence of the 80-year-old PRR electrification system.

Most of the cost of the project isn't in trackwork but rather in converting the venerable variable-tension 12 kV 25 Hz single-phase AC electrification system to a modern constant-tension 25 kv 60 Hz AC system. As the whole NEC needs this changeover, you can also bet Amtrak's going to be looking at this project to set the standard.
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Well the track geometry from Morrisville, PA to New Brunswick, NJ (actually from Mars Interlocking all the way to the Metuchen curve) is almost dead straight. The line's speed limit is entirely a consequence of the 80-year-old PRR electrification system.

Most of the cost of the project isn't in trackwork but rather in converting the venerable variable-tension 12 kV 25 Hz single-phase AC electrification system to a modern constant-tension 25 kv 60 Hz AC system. As the whole NEC needs this changeover, you can also bet Amtrak's going to be looking at this project to set the standard.
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I assume that this project would dramatically reduce travel time on the NEC, also allow for capacity expansion.
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The NJ improvement is only going to reduce a few minutes, but on the other hand allows for 160 mph service on the Acela.
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The NJ improvement is only going to reduce a few minutes, but on the other hand allows for 160 mph service on the Acela.
Its more of a Catenary Replacement project.
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Its more of a Catenary Replacement project.
do you know if there are any similar plans in the works anywhere else on the NEC?
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do you know if there are any similar plans in the works anywhere else on the NEC?
Well Metro North is upgrading Catenary along the New Haven Line & Hell Gate Line would be upgraded for future MNRR service. The Next section to receive upgrades would be part of the Gateway Program from NYP to Newark. Newark to New Brunswick would come after that. But that would require some reconstruction and realignment of curves in Elizabeth , Edison & Metuchen.
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anything in Pennsylvania, or Maryland?
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Keystone Corridor has High Tension Catenary replacements planned along with a slew of other upgrades like station upgrades and Bridge replacements. Maryland & Delaware are tied to Next Gen HSR projects...
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USA: On July 14 Keolis announced that Virginia Railway Express had exercised an option to extend its contract to operate Washington DC commuter services for a further five years.

The contract is worth $21m in the first year, including train maintenance, and has an option for an additional extension of up to five years from 2020.

‘Keolis assumed operations of the VRE five years ago with a strong focus on safety, operational excellence and providing an outstanding passenger experience, and they have more than delivered’, said VRE Chief Executive Officer Doug Allen

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DC Streetcar on Benning Road
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DC Streetcar on Benning Road
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DC Streetcar on Benning Road
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Workers rebuild 19th Street station to correct ADA issues

According to an APTA review, the pavement at this station did not meet ADA standards and had to be modified.


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Any news at all on when that streetcar will open?!
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Any news at all on when that streetcar will open?!
7 to 9 months or a year...
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