johndmuller wrote: ↑Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:38 pm
It should be possible to do 100+ in some parts of the Albany to Poughkeepsie section. Might need some grade crossings killed and/or track work / certification, but there would be nobody else to negotiate with in that sector except government officials. In the other sections, you'd probably need to beg, and then pick up nearly all the tab for necessary track improvements and then beg some more. MN has little to gain from higher speeds, so that little to nothing is what they'd be willing to pay; OTOH, they probably would be OK with it otherwise. CSX would presumably appreciate some free track work, but you'd probably need to build up the line enough to handle all your passenger stuff plus some extra so that CSX would see some improvement in their situation too. Maybe money in some form would be helpful too/instead.
There's a number of miles from Poughkeepsie to Albany that is 110 mph.
When the Turboliners were being tested, they considered (and tested) to 125mph.
I believe right now there's ONE grade crossing, that if closed would allow another chunk of 110mph running. (There are other grade crossings, but as I recall they do not impact speed due to other restrictions).
NYS and King Cuomo want to close the one crossing in question, but the local community is refusing because it would severely limit their access to the river. I think honestly, the state needs to bite the bullet on that one and put in a large enough bridge to make folks happy.
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