NJTRailfan wrote:geoffand, I'd rather have the baby steps/miny expansion then 2020 to come and go and still have RVL trains go no further then High Bridge. That would be a damn shame. Atleast with my idea by the time 2020 comes atleast you'll have service go further then High Bridge like Asbury/Ludlow. Even that would be a huge improvement. Think of all the other stuff thy could do just by expanding that far like addition of another passing siding or even double tracking. Maybe even electrification along most of the RVL like you do currently with the M&E.I agree with the idea of baby steps to a point, but to have a new station added to the end of the line every 3-4 years is absurd. Minimum Operating segments can be defined as a baby step on a much larger project. This I would support. However, changing signs at every station along the line every three years, conducting multiple studies on each baby step expansion instead of one comprehensive review…it is a waste of tax money IMO.
The only reason you suggest the baby step approach is because you are disgusted with the progress of service expansion--as you should be. I say fix what is wrong with our states fiscal issues, and then elect the right officials who support mass transit capital improvements. Doing so will make sure these system expansion projects stop lining the projects of "feasibility" consultants and start actually transporting people.