Amtrak Tracking for My Commute Between New York City and Philadelphia

Thursday, November 18, 2010

NYC Subway to N.J. Weighed in Wake of Canceled Tunnel

"New York City officials are studying a proposal to extend the No. 7 subway line from Manhattan under the Hudson River to Secaucus after New Jersey Governor Chris Christie killed plans for a new tunnel linking the states (aka ARC)."

I like this plan and it may be better than the original. First off it's cheaper than ARC and that new tunnel was just for NJT into the West side. With this plan anyone could get on the 7 train in Secaucus (Amtrak, NJT, PATH) and easily get into/out of the city and to either the West or East side of the city. Commuters coming up from NJ/Philly who didn't work sort of close to Penn Station and its accessible subways had a rough go of it to get to other parts of the city; this is largely resolved with the 7. I bet this would cut down on NJT trains that need to come into the city as some may terminate in Secaucus or the extended 7 line would simply reduce demand for NJT thus NJT would run fewer trains. Less traffic in the Hudson tunnel means it'd be better for Amtrak so most likely better for those Philly commuters who take Amtrak. Not sure why they didn't think of this in the first place.

Friday, November 12, 2010

Amtrak Won’t Revive Trans-Hudson Rail Tunnel Project

Amtrak said it is not interested in taking over the Hudson River commuter rail tunnel project that New Jersey's governor killed last month.

Well, this project is looking more dead every day. Where is that Federal stimulus money going from a couple years back? Isn't this a perfect project to get such Federal funding?

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

AP: Amtrak in Talks to Consider Taking Over Killed Tunnel Project

"The ARC tunnel project killed last month may be taken over by Amtrak, which was excluded from original plan. Plans as of now are 'exploratory,' officials say."

I hope Amtrak picks ARC up, I feel it's needed for the NEC and to boost commuting volume between NYC and Jersey/PA.