The given at Wells is the current siding is using Hand throw switches,is the plan to upgrade to power switches and turn the siding into a control point?
The Land of Enchantment is not Flyover country!
CN9634 wrote:Personally I'm surprised that more spend isn't done on stations/accessibility to the train to improve the core product. I assume of course ownership over those facilities is spread out and largely out of NNEPRA's hands, but in reality the majority of Stations in Maine aside the Wells station are useless. They allfollow a common trend-- small platform, low parking capacity (or maxed out, so same thing), downtown area (hard to get through traffic or no room to expand). Even the Portland Transportation Center is getting crowded these days with the bus service, Thompson's point and other activity right there.There is a Maine DOT park and ride facility at the Hannaford shopping center at Exit 53 in West Falmouth that is adjacent to the ROW, however the railroad is in a substantial cut and there would need to be stairs, and an elevator for handicapped access.
What needs to happen is a station built purely for Mainer's who don't live in a community with a station, but don't want the hassle of going to Brunswick, Freeport or Portland and that has good highway connections. Literally something designed for parking and riding, also added benefit, not being on I-295 (which is a hopeless road with no plan to address the dangerous overcapacity problem). Ideal location for this would be West Falmouth by the highway exit (52?) at the convergence of I-95 and the 295 Connector, take advantage of the I-95 corridor directly into Gray/NG, Auburn/Lew and Augusta while planning for growth with the triple lane expansion proposed on that stretch.
If you need a study done I'd do it for discount even.
gokeefe wrote:I disagree that an elevator would be required. I think ramps could fit.You apparently don't have COPD. Ramps are an obstacle for those who do. Ramps are certainly a fine accomodation for some, but not for all, unfortunately. Don't all the new stations on the line between Springfield and New Haven have elevators?
gokeefe wrote:Ramps would meet ADA standards. That's the only aspect I was addressing. Most (if not all) of the new stations between SPG-NHV have elevators. On the other hand everything north of SPG does not.Yes, I was thinking in that vein after I posted. I think the new norm, though, is elevators. How much of a ramp would be needed in terms of pitch and distance [at West Falmouth] to be ADA compliant?