by Jeff Smith
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:Eventually there'll be commuter rail on the Manchester Sec. as a tertiary priority project (maybe first as a +3 stop extension of Waterbury-Hartford runs on the existing trackF-Line, is that line really long enough to be worth it? Having lived in Hartford, that area is well served by express buses and expansive park and rides. I agree with your characterization as "tertiary", in that it's way down the list. That could change if it turns into a bypass, of course and CtDOT's foresight in land-banking (although the land-banked route is a bit circuitous and trailed). I'm always confusing the air line routing with that line.
I think I'd almost rather see something using some of that ROW, but up US 5, although that orientation is clearly duplicative of NHHS. And, if I recall, there's a gap in that line in MA anyway.
It's not to say it's not a bad idea as an extension and might be useful for storage and quick turns anyway, if they could work out the frequencies inbound on single track, rather than gumming up other spots on the line.