Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Hux » Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:29 am

Suburban Station wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:42 am
why would you take the train from brunswick if you still need to pay for a taxi? why not just drive? coming from the nec transfer twice and and up on the wrong side of town or just take the bus.
Because you can relax on a train, and the hastle of parking is eliminated.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:37 pm

That's a worthy point on of itself. If true passengers are willingly taking a 20 minute hit for the sake of comfort. Certainly not in line with how we've talked about this before.

I remain intrigued by the possibility that Portland ridership is soft for other unexplained reasons.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by markhb » Wed Sep 11, 2019 1:23 pm

Hux wrote:
Wed Sep 11, 2019 7:29 am
Suburban Station wrote:
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:42 am
why would you take the train from brunswick if you still need to pay for a taxi? why not just drive? coming from the nec transfer twice and and up on the wrong side of town or just take the bus.
Because you can relax on a train, and the hastle of parking is eliminated.
My counter to that would be that the relaxation on the train would likely be more than offset by the hassle of using our public transportation or limited Uber drivers to make the final connection, that parking in Portland isn't really a hassle, that those who might find it to be a hassle are probably those who might also be more overwhelmed by the last mile connection, and that Portland's employment centers have largely decentralized from downtown which compounds the last mile problem in a way that moving the station to the main line won't help.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by njt/mnrrbuff » Wed Sep 11, 2019 9:33 pm

The Albany, NY Station, despite it being on the wrong side of the river in Rensellaer, is still very close to Downtown Albany. It's very close to many highways that provide good access to hotels all over the Capitol District. I haven't stayed at a hotel there in a while but often when I travel by Amtrak to cities to stay in hotels, I try to stay as close to the station and in a downtown area as much as possible. Sometimes, if I see the the hotels near the Amtrak station and in downtown areas are very expensive, then I pick hotels a little further away and hope that it's an easy city bus, light rail, subway, or Uber ride away.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Thu Sep 12, 2019 5:01 pm

See the new website for the Portland West Railway (PWR) Alliance.

They appear to be planning for a station on one leg of the Yard 8 wye while continuing to use Thompson's Point.

In theory the other side of the wye would be a possible option for a station site. I can't imagine this is what is being considered by NNEPRA.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Rockingham Racer » Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:11 pm

This is a separate project from the Downeaster. It should probably have its own thread, I would think. I also think the project is more suited as a light rail project. If it goes to Gorham, that might be another story.

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by markhb » Thu Sep 12, 2019 9:05 pm

Rockingham Racer wrote:
Thu Sep 12, 2019 7:11 pm
This is a separate project from the Downeaster. It should probably have its own thread, I would think. I also think the project is more suited as a light rail project. If it goes to Gorham, that might be another story.
It does already have its own thread, in the generic passenger rail forum. It can't be light rail, though, as the tracks it would share are an active freight line.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by markhb » Wed Sep 25, 2019 7:22 am

Does anyone know if anything interesting happened at the board meeting Monday?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by Dick H » Wed Sep 25, 2019 9:26 pm

ORB service ends, Sunday 11/29
https://amtrakdowneaster.com/service-alerts

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by MEC407 » Sun Sep 29, 2019 6:17 pm

Suspicious item found attached to railcar at Rigby Yard in South Portland; Downeaster service delayed:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4_-7jupWLsw
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by TRNE » Wed Oct 16, 2019 8:19 am

NNERPA Open House scheduled for next Tuesday, October 22nd at 20 Myrtle Street Portland. The session will begin at 4:30 and last for two hours. Executive Director Patricia Quinn will brief on various Downeaster expansion proposals. Public feedback is encouraged.
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by twropr » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:28 pm

What happened on Thursday the 17th that caused #688 to be canceled from Brunswick and several of the other trains to be delayed.
If there were trees on the track, was it just heavy rain, wet snow or high winds?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by TRNE » Sat Oct 19, 2019 1:43 pm

Andy,

Fierce winds - 60 mph

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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by gokeefe » Sat Oct 19, 2019 8:52 pm

Any trees down?
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Re: Amtrak Downeaster Discussion Thread

Post by TRNE » Sat Oct 19, 2019 9:00 pm

Trees down in Portland area and NH. #683 arrived in Saco 4+ hours late. #688 headed south with one coach. Tough day.

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