My point about possibly lowering the KoP extension's priority is that New Starts rules are a bit like Yoda - "Do or do not", etc.. Lowering the priority of a project effectively gives up its place in the queue. If an agency has to go back later and reapply for funding along with redoing parts of the already crazy-complex planning process it could easily find itself under political pressure to abandon the whole thing.
rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Mon Jun 20, 2022 8:45 pm
KOP is an obvious hole in the system without an easy way to get there. NHSL extension seems like the more viable option compared to Regional Rail coming off the Norristown Line going via the Trenton Cutoff.
That's correct. An RRD extension was part of the early grab-bag of possible options to fill in the KoP transit hole, but didn't make it past the first round. Among other reasons:
- Extending a heavy-rail RRD line would be a lot more expensive and disruptive than adding to the light-rail NHSL. It would need heavier trestles, a more-substantial ROW, and installation of catenary.
- As MACTRAXX notes, using the NHSL will tap into places that currently don't have ready access to the KoP job market.
- The NHSL is designed for service with single cars / single operators off peak, while the RRD is mandatory two-car trains with separate operators and conductors. Again, a cost savings.
- The NHSL is also really good at providing the flexible, short-headway service needed by an area with a combination of businesses and 10 am - 9:30 pm shopping. The RRD, not so much.
- It's definitely suboptimal, but the extension does provide a quasi link to the Norristown RRD in the form of tripper service through the wye near Hughes Park. The tripper would take maybe 8 minutes versus ~20 minutes for the 99 bus.
Now if there were only some way to invent a time machine and prevent the El from being built with broad gauge...
Requiem for it's/its, your/you're, than/then, less/fewer. They were once such nice words with such different meanings...