DutchRailnut wrote: ↑Sun Jan 26, 2020 5:32 pm
lets make it clear chances of Amtrak moving two tracks to one side. and CSX giving up its track and getting space for two commuter tracks on hell gate are way below nill .
CSX giving up the track for the right to run freight during the night hours plus $$$ would not surprise me. CSX really seems to prefer the money over running infrequent services on lightly used tracks and branches. It is not that they run all that much freight to LI.
Amtrak giving up the space for possible future third track though is not going to happen especially with Metro-North going to Penn eventually. Which one owns the bridge? I would have thought that it belongs to Amtrak as part of the passenger takeover from the 70ties.
Isn't there also an issue with needing LIRR type equipment instead of MTA Subway equipment in order to run next to FRA regulated railroad? I doubt that there is enough space on the bridge to satisfy the separation requirements for subway equipment from standard rail equipment. I think PATH is FRA regulated because its tracks mingle too close around the Amtrak/NJT rails in the Newark area.