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Old February 11th, 2016, 06:14 AM   #6201
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Concept rendering of a next generation Acela trainset (Source: Amtrak)



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Old February 11th, 2016, 06:48 AM   #6202
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Observed speeds on a recent “Acela Express” train trip.



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Old February 11th, 2016, 11:07 AM   #6203
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Unfortunately to much yellow and to few red dots.
However unlike the commentary at the link states this does qualify as a high speed line according to the European definitions, because the NEC meets the 'Specially upgraded High Speed lines equipped for speeds of the order of 200 km/h,' and 'Specially upgraded High Speed lines which have special features as a result of topographical, relief or town-planning constraints, on which the speed must be adapted to each case.' criteria.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 04:11 PM   #6204
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That's from 2012. I think they've done some upgrades since then. And more upgrades are in the works.
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Old February 11th, 2016, 10:29 PM   #6205
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Still waiting to hear about the think in NJ
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Old February 12th, 2016, 07:23 PM   #6206
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Still waiting to hear about the think in NJ
I'll have an update in Mid March...
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Old February 12th, 2016, 07:35 PM   #6207
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Taken Yesterday at Newark Airport station - 2/11/16


Northeast Corridor trains at Newark Airport Station in Newark,NJ
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Northeast Corridor trains at Newark Airport Station in Newark,NJ
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Northeast Corridor trains at Newark Airport Station in Newark,NJ
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Old February 12th, 2016, 08:31 PM   #6208
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Acela Express stops at Newark Liberty Airport Station?
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Old February 12th, 2016, 08:41 PM   #6209
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Acela Express stops at Newark Liberty Airport Station?
No , the only stops the Acela makes in New Jersey is Newark Penn & Metropark...
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No , the only stops the Acela makes in New Jersey is Newark Penn & Metropark...
Untrue; as a select few Acelas do stop at Trenton.
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Old February 12th, 2016, 11:05 PM   #6211
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And is there demand to make some Acela trains to stop at Newark Airport Station? Because Newark Liberty receives many international flights, I think some Acela trains could stop in this station to serve passengers that arrive there.

Example: EWR receives flights from Portugal and Brazil, and Boston has a big Portuguese-Brazilian colony. So, many passengers could take the Acela to go to Boston.
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Untrue; as a select few Acelas do stop at Trenton.
Which ones , I only thought that was for special events?
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California High Speed line, more specifically the Fresno River bridge under construction


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Source: California High Speed Authority facebook page
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Which ones , I only thought that was for special events?
Actually, just 2103.
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Actually, just 2103.
Does that go to Boston or does it just go to New York?
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Does that go to Boston or does it just go to New York?
Takes 5 seconds to look up; https://www.amtrak.com/ccurl/498/180...011116-rev.pdf

NYP - WAS; first Acela train of the day.
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High-speed rail on fast track to Bay Area

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High-speed trains would roll into the Bay Area from the Central Valley years before they start going to Los Angeles, under a dramatic strategy change that the state is on the verge of approving.


One big reason: The Caltrain commute line between Gilroy and San Francisco is poised to get an early infusion of cash to help pay for its $1.7 billion conversion to electric power. That conversion is essential for high-speed rail.

Plus, the South Bay, Peninsula and San Francisco constitute a huge potential market for bullet trains. A promise of early Bay Area service could build political support for the overall system and attract private investment that is badly needed to build out the $68 billion rail line.
Initially, the California High Speed Rail Authority’s business plan called for building the Burbank-to-Los Angeles portion before laying down track to connect the Central Valley to San Francisco. But the Southern California stretch needs a labyrinth of tunnels and bridges to cross the Tehachapi and San Gabriel mountains — a costly undertaking that threatens to hold up completion of the full line for decades.
Under the plan the rail authority is considering, bullet trains could be zipping up and down the Peninsula ahead of what had been the system’s 2028 targeted opening date.
Rail authority chairman Dan Richard stopped short of confirming the plan to leapfrog the Bay Area ahead of L.A., saying only that “whatever we announce will be the most rational way to build a system, so we can get the trains running and attract private sector money as soon as possible.”
Randy Rentschler, spokesman for the regional Metropolitan Transportation Commission, said that just as Caltrain electrification could boost prospects for high-speed rail down the line, a firm high-speed rail plan could boost prospects for Caltrain electrification in the near term.
High-speed rail is going to provide a host of infrastructure investments that benefit the system we already have,” Rentschler said.


Despite state and federal money, the Caltrain electrification project still has at least a $440 million funding gap. It could be five to seven years before the line is actually electrified and there are new train cars to go with it.
There are ways to cut costs, but they’ll be inconvenient for passengers. Analysts say shutting down Caltrain on weekends could reduce the project’s costs by about $150 million.
“There will definitely be weekend and overnight work,” said Caltrain spokeswoman Jayme Ackemann. “But to what extent and for how long, we can’t say yet.”
The bottom line is that Caltrain electrification is still dogged by big questions — and so is high-speed rail. Not only does the system still face technical, legal and financial hurdles, but ballot measures are circulating to redirect voter-approved money to other uses.
So, no matter which way the high-speed trains head first, they’ve got a long way to go.
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Old February 15th, 2016, 06:44 PM   #6218
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New York state Empire Corridor.
It is not new but I didn't see anybody posted this for at least last year.
More info here:
https://www.dot.ny.gov/content/deliv...g_Brochure.pdf
and here:
https://www.dot.ny.gov/empire-corridor



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Classic New England NIMBY syndrome + FRA stupid syndrome

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Ya if this goes through the I-84 option will likely be chosen
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