njt/mnrrbuff wrote: ↑Fri Apr 17, 2020 7:06 pm
Wilmington to Newark, Del might be about 10 minutes on the schedule but mileagewise, it's 17 miles. It wouldn't be super bad extending MARC to Wilmington, given that the yard a little to the east. However, the MARC trains probably wouldn't be able to layover between runs in Wilmington because there are only three tracks and Septa gets next dibs over Amtrak there. Newark, Del is a different story. I wonder if there will be a yard built for both Septa and MARC in Newark, Del?
People who don't want to take Amtrak from NYC or any other city along the NEC to DC who don't want to drive will take the bus. There are so many bus companies that run between NYC and NWK and DC as well as Philadelphia to DC or vice versa. They can get to DC faster on a one seat bus ride over taking multiple commuter trains and having to risk missing their connection which could lead them to waiting hours for the next train. Business executives will continue to take Amtrak. There are several of them who live in and around Wilmington to commute to Baltimore or DC daily.
Even people who do a one seat ride on these MARC trains heading to and from NRK-don't be surprised if more of them are commuting to jobs in Baltimore since it's closer than DC. Even from Baltimore to Newark, Del is a long ride-60 miles.
Buff: Wilmington to Newark, DE is 12 miles. Wilmington is 26 miles from
Philadelphia Suburban Station (Mile 0 PHS-WAS) and Newark is near Milepost 38.
The "gap" between Newark, DE and Perryville, MD is 21 miles.
The mileage between Newark, DE and Baltimore is 57 miles.
From the Amtrak "Chesapeake" schedule (posted earlier in this topic) PHL-WAS
The miles from PHS are: Philadelphia 30th Street Upper is exactly one mile.
Chester, PA 13
Newark, DE 38
Elkton, MD 44
Edmonson Ave 98 (in West Baltimore)
BWI Airport 106
New Carrollton, MD 127
Washington, DC 136
To refine these mileages refer to an Amtrak (or predecessor) ETT.
NK (Jared): I agree with you about the thought about University of Delaware
students traveling to North Jersey and New York - which is a three seat ride
by way of SEPTA and NJT northward. Any new MARC service to BAL and WAS
would be a preferred one seat ride southward which is a huge difference...
NRK-Philadelphia-TRE north all depends on how convenient that the transfers
between trains are in Center City Philadelphia and at Trenton between SEPTA
and NJT. The better place to transfer between Trenton Line and Wilmington-
Newark Line trains is at Jefferson Station (Market East) because by doing so
you get better seat choices and be able to get settled in before the Suburban
Station and 30th Street Station stops - especially going towards Trenton.
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS