Has AJ ever thought of running his own commuter/passenger service? Get a couple RDCs or passenger cars and run it from North Bloomfield or Bloomfield into Hartford. It doesn't have to be fancy... for now, just a parking lot and some wooden platforms (MassDOT has proved wooden high level platforms are indeed possible). Upgrade the track a bit too (you don't need Class 5 on such a short line). An issue would be getting platform space in Hartford... too bad the viaduct can't support more trains. However, AJ's track looks like it ends at the start of the viaduct, where the platform ends.
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You would need to reverse direction with any trains you run, that's why I suggest RDCs.
I don't know... just a thought... probably would wait a year or so before trying anything... let mass transit ridership pick back up first, then do a pilot program. Or am I talking crazy?