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Old January 13th, 2016, 03:26 AM   #3121
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Can a New Train Station Transform Paoli?


A rendering of the new Paoli Intermodal Transportation Center//Photo courtesy of Sowinski Sullivan Architects.

The reality is that many people board in Paoli. The Amtrak-owned station serves about 1,300 passengers daily. Dating back to 1893, its Victorian-style depot was replaced in 60 years later—and hasn’t been significantly altered since. In 2013, Paoli served 175,300 Amtrak riders and 738,000 SEPTA passengers—the most riders in any station in the western suburbs. It’s also one of the busiest in the metropolitan area and in the state. It’s so bustling that the building and parking facilities can no longer accommodate the volume. Paoli merchants remain frustrated by commuters consuming the limited downtown spaces, while buses and shuttles squeeze into cramped parking lots adjacent to the station.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 10:06 PM   #3122
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Old January 15th, 2016, 11:45 PM   #3123
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Is 2500-3000 riders a day a lot for a small station?

IMO, 3,000 pedestrians isn't a big number, but 3,000 parked cars is and I can see how perhaps that is the real problem.
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Old January 16th, 2016, 07:32 AM   #3124
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Amtrak releases study on return of passenger rail service

By: Dale Liesch | January 13, 2016

Amtrak determined a simple extension of the City of New Orleans line to Orlando would result in the greatest number of riders of all options, generating annual ridership of 153,900, but would include a funding commitment of nearly $10 million. An alternate line extension, providing daily round-trip service from Mobile to New Orleans, would cost almost half that at $5.5 million, but would only attract ridership of 138,300.

Another group of alternatives would include two daily round trips from New Orleans to Mobile, attracting a ridership of 38,400 annually and costing more than $6 million. It could include a bus to complete the line from Mobile to Jacksonville, but adding that option would raise the cost to $8 million, while attracting slightly more riders at 43,400.

A third set of options would consist of only one long distance round trip from New Orleans to Orlando. It would generate an annual ridership of 69,100 passengers and cost around $14.4 million.


(Photo/ Courtesy Amtrak) For Alternative A, Amtrak would extend a portion of the City of New Orleans train through to Orlando. The train would make intermediate station stops at Bay St. Louis, Gulfport, Biloxi, Pascagoula, Mobile, Atmore, Pensacola, Crestview, Chipley, Tallahassee, Madison, Lake City, Jacksonville, Palatka, DeLand and Winter Park.
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Old January 16th, 2016, 07:36 AM   #3125
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Is 2500-3000 riders a day a lot for a small station?

IMO, 3,000 pedestrians isn't a big number, but 3,000 parked cars is and I can see how perhaps that is the real problem.
Its one of the busiest stations on the line... The station is severely outdated and needs an upgrade , the current station itself is medium sized.. I believe its mainly 3,000 pedestrians , and less then a thousand cars... That station is very busy since its a express regional rail & Intercity stop...and a small bus hub.
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Old January 20th, 2016, 04:42 PM   #3126
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Old January 21st, 2016, 05:26 PM   #3127
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 05:53 AM   #3128
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Can Metrolink not settle on a paint scheme enough so that its train cars and engines actually match? The new Rotem cars are silver with teal and black "ribbons". This one is silver and teal and black but has large blocks of color. I know its an extremely petty OCD thing to point out, but its kind of funny to me. Railroad equipment costs gazillions of dollars but someone was too lazy to do the paint job right.

Good to see an EMD product hit the rails though. Maybe this make of locomotive can challenge Siemens as it encroaches on traditional US builders' turf in the passenger locomotive space.
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 08:57 AM   #3129
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Maybe this make of locomotive can challenge Siemens as it encroaches on traditional US builders' turf in the passenger locomotive space.
On US metals, may be. But in Europe, forget it : from https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/EMD_F125,
this monster has an axle load of nearly 33 metric tons. That's 50% above the
usual limits over here...
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Old January 22nd, 2016, 01:09 PM   #3130
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Old January 23rd, 2016, 06:39 AM   #3131
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In early 2015 the Congo-Ocean Railway purchased 10 EMD GT38AC locomotives from Electro-Motive Diesel in Muncie, Indiana. They were put into service by the summer of 2015.
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Old January 25th, 2016, 07:21 AM   #3132
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Amtrak began service at a new station in East Lansing, Michigan earlier this week.



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A brand new station and they use ground-level platforms? Honestly?
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High speed rail books

Please, advise me on books about high-speed railways, trains or high-speed railway network development or projects in the world, everything that concerns high speed rail transport and rail project management. Where can I download these books? I've spent much time searching for these books and found just a couple of books but only articles. Thank you!
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How much of US rail network is double track or more?
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How much of US rail network is double track or more?
I doubt you'll be able to found out the exact number of double track railways in the US... There about 150,000 miles of Railways in the US , most main lines are double or triple tracked...
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Is 2500-3000 riders a day a lot for a small station?

IMO, 3,000 pedestrians isn't a big number, but 3,000 parked cars is and I can see how perhaps that is the real problem.
It isn't just Amtrak boardings. Paoli (pronounce "Pay O'Lee") was historically the western terminus of Philadelphia's commuter rail network. Was, because the commuter line has been extended further west, to Downingtown and Thorndale.

SEPTA has several large park-and-rides scattered throughout its system. I don't think Paoli's a good place for a park-and-ride, though -- it's a traditional town center. TOD is a better option.

Incidentally, Lansdale (historically the commuter rail network's northern terminus) is planning on converting several large lots near the train station to TOD.
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