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    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    So are Roads , Schools , Public Services and yet they are funded....
    Actually, there is political pressure to reduce funding for these things also. Look what's happening across the country. Education cuts in Wisconsin, police forces (see Ferguson, Tulsa) needing to milk their citizens for fines and penalties, and putting old men on the force because they donate money. It's no conspiracy theory.

    Quote Originally Posted by GordonGecko
    but the reality of the situation is that train infrastructure is a giant financial black hole in this country
    Do you mean railroad track and ROW? Many people think that the railroad network is like the public highway system, but it's the opposite. Amtrak runs on about 20,000 miles of track; most of it is owned by railroad companies. Amtrak pays fees to operate on the network.

    Surprise - the US rail freight network is regarded as one of the best in the world. About 45% of US freight is shipped by rail compared to less than 10% in Europe. And shipping rates are low.



    Amtrak averages about $1 billion per year in subsides, or $41 billion over its existence. That sounds like a lot, but over a four year period, Congress appropriated $53 billion to bail out the Highway Trust Fund.

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    China and Europe have dumped billions into Freight over the last decade , even building High Speed Freight Networks. While the US hasn't done much...most Freight Projects rely on Govt money...

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    New Catenary poles going up along the NEC in Central Jersey...


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    Where is this exactly?
    Quote Originally Posted by Nexis4Jersey View Post
    New Catenary poles going up along the NEC in Central Jersey...


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    A few North of Princeton JCT station..

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    More poles and now the Catenary is starting to get replaced along the NEC in NJ


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    New NEC Catenary
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    So yesterday I got a rear view window from Center City all the way to Trenton

    Emerging from the Center City Tunnel


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Leaving SEPTA 30th Street Station


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Accelerating in the 30th Street yard


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    some SEPTA equipment parked in the yard


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Yellow PRR Signals...which seem to be used only in Center City


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Diesel unit reversing into the Yard from the Zoo Interlocks


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Crossing the Schuylkill River


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Its Straight and Fast in parts of North Philly


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    A slight curve to the right


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Passing an inbound Atlantic City line train


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Under the Market-Frankford EL


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    The infamous Curve where the derailment occurred earlier this yr..., the poles were anchored in concrete...but they didn't appear to be new..


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Southbound Regional roars past near Bridesburg station


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    60 Speed limit near Bridesburg


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Another straight away near Tacony station


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Northbound Regional roars past at Torresdale station


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Very Curvy in Northeastern Philly


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Finally out of Philly , this station is Croydon


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Another straight away along US 13


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    And a Curve before Bristol


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    And another Curve after Bristol


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    near Levvittown Station


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Inbound Septa local passing outside Levvittown


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Southbound Acela passing...


    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    SEPTA Trenton Line Railfan window outbound Journey
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    Trenton Cut...


    Trenton Northeast Corridor Cut
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    Trenton Northeast Corridor Cut
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    Rail officials release Northeast Corridor impact study
    http://www.centredaily.com/2015/11/1...northeast.html

    NEWARK, N.J. The environmental impacts of a large-scale transformation of the Northeast Corridor rail line would be greatly outweighed by an eventual decrease in energy usage and greenhouse gas production, as well as an increase in economic activity and mobility, a draft environmental report released Tuesday concluded.The report by the Federal Railroad Administration analyzed three alternatives for upgrading the corridor between now and 2040 that feature improvements ranging from the mundane but utilitarian (streamlined ticketing) to what might seem wishful thinking given current economic constraints (a rail tunnel connecting Long Island and the Connecticut coastline).
    The three alternatives were compared to a No Action alternative that would maintain existing service and infrastructure as ridership grows. To give an idea of the scope and expense involved, the No Action alternative would cost roughly $20 billion over the next 25 years, while the most ambitious alternative, which includes the underwater rail tunnel, would cost about $290 billion, federal rail officials said on a conference call Monday.
    For context, they said that, given the fact that the Northeast Corridor region produces one-fifth of the nation's gross domestic product, an unexpected loss of the NEC for one day could cost the nation nearly $100 million in transportation-related impacts and productivity losses.

    Read more here: http://www.centredaily.com/2015/11/1...#storylink=cpy


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    Do any of you rail enthusiasts know if there are any plans to create NJ Transit stations in Union City and/or uptown Hoboken as part of Gateway? Ever since I first saw the planned route for ARC, I couldn't help but wonder why the proposed tunnel path followed along the existing tunnels until entering Hoboken, where it diverged south toward 14th Street (obviously a very busy main corridor above ground); Gateway appears to follow the same route. The only obvious reason I could come up with (not knowing anything about Geotechnical conditions in the area) is that that route would certainly make sense if a station was planned for somewhere along 14th.

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    No new stations on the Gateway Project. A new Light Rail station is planned by Cast Iron Lofts by the Jersey City/Hoboken border and another is planned by the northwest corner of Hoboken by its 14th street as part of a redevelopment of those warehouse areas.

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