Friday, May 21, 2010

Northeast states seek plan for rail upgrades

From the AP - A coalition of 11 states asked federal railroad officials on Thursday to develop a plan to dramatically upgrade high-speed passenger rail service along the Northeast Corridor during the next four decades. The 11 states — Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont — are proposing a three-year, $18.8 million study of possible enhancements to both intercity rail service, such as Amtrak's Acela Express, and local commuter rail systems that use portions of the Northeast Corridor track. The states noted that while the corridor encompasses an area that makes up only 2 percent of the U.S. land mass, it's home to about 20 percent of the nation's population and generates 20 percent of its Gross Domestic Product. Among other goals pone is to improve Acela travel times by 20-30 minutes between Washington and New York City. NARP said the study would be an important step toward improving capacity on the Northeast Corridor.

I am for such an analysis to maximize traffic and minimize travel time on the NEC tracks but isn't such an analysis being done already with the Federal stimulus money? I am also for not wasting money so I don't know if this would be a redundant analysis.


  • I'm all for doing studies and planning, but spending $18.8M on just a study seems totally ridiculous. At the end, we still have no improvements to service or capacity.

    I just found this blog as I'm researching commuting options from South Philly to NYC. Just getting to 30th street will be a pain in the rear -- am thinking maybe a short drive to NE Philly and jump on a train there. Any thoughts on commute time and options?

    By Blogger Lisa, at 3:10 PM, September 19, 2010  

  • Hi Lisa,
    Commuting from Philly to NYC is a drag no matter how you cut it, and expensive. If you're doing it from South Philly you have to go to 30th St, it's really your only option. I lived in CC so it was easy for me to get to 30th St Station. My door to door time on Amtrak was 1.5 hours, even better some days, but I was able to walk to 30th St and to my office in NYC.

    About your idea of driving to NE Philly - you must be a crazy person. There's no stations up there, you might as well drive to Trenton and then what's the point; you're getting slammed with parking and gas costs to get there not to mention it will take an hour drive then you have to deal with a packed train and a monthly pass is still expensive from Trenton.

    If you need to do this commute then 30th St is your best and only bet. You can consider moving closer to 30th St or steel yourself for long days to get from So Philly to NYC.

    Good luck, I hope you can make something work for you

    By Blogger Guy in NYC, at 12:17 AM, September 23, 2010  

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