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Discussion of the past and present operations of the Long Island Rail Road.

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  by newkirk
 
MACTRAXX wrote: With the mention of Bethpage and Farmingdale there would likely have to be aerial structures with new
station facilities constructed to eliminate the crossings in both towns...that would most likely encounter
oposition from the disruptions needed during the construction phase - and from NIMBYs and BANANAs.
(BANANA stands for "Build Absolutely Nothing Anyplace Near Anyone")...
About Farmingdale, if eliminating the village grade crossings entails elevating the structure, where do you place the temporary tracks while the elevation is taking place ?
  by MACTRAXX
 
BM - Good question...A way that I noticed that an elimination project in a congested place such as Farmingdale
could be constructed is to build the new elevated structure DIRECTLY ABOVE the existing tracks and platforms -

This type of construction is used rather successfully by the Melbourne Metro (Victoria, Australia) regional rail
system to build new aerial structures and stations to eliminate level grade crossings in certain applications.

Another way that the Melbourne Metro eliminates level crossings and constructs new stations is to build new
below grade underpasses and stations - a town such as Farmingdale would not need this type of construction.
There are videos on Youtube that do show the before and after of various level crossing elimination projects.

An example of this type of below grade construction can be found in Haddonfield, New Jersey on PATCO...
When the PATCO High Speed Line was constructed in the late 1960s on the former PRSL route from Camden
the Borough of Haddonfield objected to aerial structures - and the answer was to depress the three tracks
(the third was a PRSL track that later became the route of the Atlantic City Line) below ground level with the construction of the new PATCO route and Haddonfield Station...

Today ANY grade crossing elimination project is going to have a hefty price tag - and will depend on just how
willing that a specific local area wants to eliminate problem grade crossings - and get around the NIMBY and
BANANA opposition that will likely arise from opponents to any changes - even if it is well known that a given
project can bring a better outcome upon completion - as the Main Line Third Track Project has (staying on the
original topic) overcoming decades of NIMBY opposition on the 10.1 mile routing to finally come to pass at the
end of 2022 optomistically at completion...MACTRAXX
  by newkirk
 
Mactraxx wrote: Good question...A way that I noticed that an elimination project in a congested place such as Farmingdale
could be constructed is to build the new elevated structure DIRECTLY ABOVE the existing tracks and platforms -
I live in Farmingdale village and there is no way the 'village' would stand for an elevated structure over the existing tracks. They kinda like their middle America hometown vibe.
  by Head-end View
 
If they were able to do that at School St. in Westbury, they can probably do it just about anywhere. But if it's a cramped location, compromises will have to be made. And you might not like how it turns out.
  by MACTRAXX
 
Everyone: The 3TC update for June 2022 -
https://lirrexpansion.com/2022/06/01/up ... june-2022/

Mentioned as example is the opening of the renovated New Hyde Park Station building on the eastern
end of Platform A...The pedestrian underpass at the center of Westbury Station has been reopened...

There are currently NO weekend track outage programs scheduled for June 2022 - this should include
the weekend of July 2-3 along with Monday July 4th...

The Third Track Project is moving along into the three month prime June-July-August work season at
a good pace towards eventual completion in December...MACTRAXX
  by gamer4616
 
Track Work for Divide switch work was scheduled for weekends of June 4-5, 25-26, and July 9-10. It has been canceled.


I see some work listed for the future Park Interlocking. Hempstead Branch track work is listed for June 20-23, 27-20, July 5-7.


Some other track work I see:

Main Line: MLX-W Cherry Lane and Nassau 2 Switches
3 weekends July 9-10, 30-31, Aug 6-7.



Hempstead and Atlantic Branch -
Park/Beaver Interlocking Cutover, Switch Install, and concrete tie 3 weekends July 16-17, 23-24, Aug 13-14. Beaver Interlocking is east of Jamaica on the Atlantic Branch, west of Locust Manor.




Main Line - Block 1 Commissioning July 30 - Aug 14
Main Line - Block 2 Commissioning Aug 20 -28
  by Head-end View
 
Gamer4616; thanks for the update. Any idea why the Divide switch work for June was cancelled?

Also, what do they mean by Block 1 and Block 2 Commissioning?
  by MattAmity90
 
MACTRAXX wrote: Wed May 25, 2022 8:25 am MA90: I disagree - ANY grade crossing CAN be eliminated provided there is agreement from the communities
on how to proceed on a given project - and most importantly that there is $$FUNDING$$ available...

With the mention of Bethpage and Farmingdale there would likely have to be aerial structures with new
station facilities constructed to eliminate the crossings in both towns...that would most likely encounter
oposition from the disruptions needed during the construction phase - and from NIMBYs and BANANAs.
(BANANA stands for "Build Absolutely Nothing Anyplace Near Anyone")...

The best example of a single crossing being eliminated is the Herricks Road crossing between Merillon
Avenue and Mineola - that took 16 years after the 1982 tragedy that resulted in 9 fatalities...

One of the most ambitious LIRR grade crossing eliminations was the Amityville-Copiague-Lindenhurst
project - with the three then-new elevated stations and long aerial structures that opened in 1973...
With NIMBYs, BANANAs and the areas served being concerned on how the construction would disrupt
travel through and around the three localities - would something like this ever get built today?
MACTRAXX
By the way my favorite elevation project along with Bellmore-Merrick, Massapequa Park. Some of these places simply do not have the room for elevated structures. Farmingdale and Bethpage are extremely cramped, all the Babylon Branch stations had space to lay shoo-fly tracks, tear up the original stations, and build the new elevated structures on top of where the former structure was. For Massapequa Park, it was convenient at the time because they were redoing Sunrise Highway at the same time. Although, let's keep the Main Line Project the subject. I do not like the fact it will be called Grand Central Madison, it will be called Grand Central Terminal in my opinion, and I'm eager and curious about the work at Divide Interlocking. The cancellation of trackwork etc.
  by Head-end View
 
MattAmity90, (with apologies for being off-topic) Sunrise Hwy. thru the Massapequa area was widened circa 1966, several years prior to the Massapequa Park elevation project.
  by MattAmity90
 
Looking at photos from Edward:

-On the SE corner at Hicksville where the pedestal signal is located, they are widening the viaduct a bit, but I don't know why.
-Divide Interlocking in New Cassel is seeing ballast work being done for what will be the new T1 (the track is not connected yet.
-More and more track is being laid along the South side of the ROW along the stretch. In fact, they electrified the third track over Herricks Road to a certain distance in NASSAU 1.
-Westbury continues to have its two ADA pedestrian overpasses coming alive.
-Hicksville, Carle Place, to a degree Merillon Avenue, and New Hyde Park have their construction and rehabilitation completed.
-Mineola's new pedestrian overpass is starting to receive its shell, plus a ton of utility work.
-As far as power poles go, the only stretches of continuous wood poles are near Denton Avenue, the Meadowbrook Parkway, and at Grand Blvd. Some stations like New Hyde Park have old wood poles that need to be taken down. I'm not sure what is going to be done as far as steel poles go.
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