by Station Aficionado
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Station Aficionado wrote: ↑Fri Dec 20, 2019 5:48 pmI think some of the stories are confused or poorly written. VRE’s website has had a plan for FS on it’s website for a while. Per that plan, the third track (the one furthest east) would be extended through the station on the east side of the current main platform. This would entail building up the ROW, and turning the current platform from a side platform to an island platform. Not sure, but would guess that work was mistranslated as “flyover” or “bypass” (the other term I’ve seen in news reports.I’m guessing that wasn’t misinterpreted in the way we think. Right now, Virginia is paying for rights on the western side between DC and Alexandria, has already paid for a single third track on the eastern side between about Telegraph Road and Franconia-Springfield station, and has built VRE platforms consistently on the eastern side. The only barrier to Virginia having an exclusively-passenger line is the flat crossover at Telegraph Road between the west (north) passenger tracks exiting Alexandria, and the east (middle) passenger track between NS and CSX.
east point wrote: ↑Sat Dec 21, 2019 12:21 am definitely poorly written. Try this link and maybe will clear up some confusion ?Unfortunately it doesn’t fully clear things up, though it’s clearer that the construction will be a Franconia-Springfield bypass rather than a flyover between Franconia and Springfield. I don’t know what “Franconia-Springfield bypass” means in this context - a fourth track? A crossover and interlocking plant? A flyover? A new alignment entirely?
http://www.drpt.virginia.gov/rail/trans ... -virginia/
mtuandrew wrote: ↑Sat Dec 21, 2019 1:58 pmDon't have time but the bypass mentioned is actually a flyover moving the passenger tracks on the west side that they will be from VA ave tunnel - L'Enfant, over new long bridge, past Aleksander station, then the flyover to east side of present tracks.?
Unfortunately it doesn’t fully clear things up, though it’s clearer that the construction will be a Franconia-Springfield bypass rather than a flyover between Franconia and Springfield. I don’t know what “Franconia-Springfield bypass” means in this context - a fourth track? A crossover and interlocking plant? A flyover? A new alignment entirely?
The link east point posted above discusses it a little, as a future “college corridor” passenger line. No mention of the Cardinal though, despite it using the line from Charlottesville to Clifton Forge. Hmmmmmmmm, I wonder if One Mass is trying to shake down West Virginia for some Regional funding, and cancel the Card once and for all.
gokeefe wrote: ↑Sat Dec 21, 2019 3:03 pm For those keeping score ... The RF&P Right of Way mileage is 112 ... The Northeast Corridor is currently 457 miles long BOS-WAS. This addition would increase the total mileage of the NEC by 24.5%.For me to consider the new trackage part of the NEC, it would have to be electrified. Is there any change of that in middle term? Or is that prohibitively expensive until you've got dozens of trains that would use it?
If you include the abandoned (rail banked) S-Line then the total new Right of Way is 187 miles and the total percentage increase becomes 40.9%. At 644 miles once fully built that would make the Northeast Corridor the fourth longest high speed rail line in the world.
Pretty impressive addition.
ryanch wrote: ↑Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:52 pmFor me to consider the new trackage part of the NEC, it would have to be electrified.Understood but the New Haven to Boston segment was always considered part of the NEC from "Day 1" even prior to electrification.