njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:19 pm
Let's look at Metropark, located along Amtrak's NEC in Woodbridge Twp, as an example. Metropark has two side high level platforms that are on a curve and that was the only solution over building center island platforms there. It's one of the busiest suburban park n ride lot stations along the NEC. NJT decided with the Metropark station arrangement since they own the station. It would have been great for the high level platforms to be center island as that would enable more Amtrak trains to stop there during rush hour, especially the Acelas.
mtuandrew wrote:I mean, Metropark really should have been built with three islands and two side platforms. It should also have been built on the Middlesex Turnpike right-of-way thereby eliminating the curve, but who’s counting?
Buff and MTUA: Metropark Station was conceived in the late 1960s as
part of the Metroliner Project and built under a partnership between
NJDOT, USDOT and the Penn Central Railroad. The station opened in
November 1971 - when Amtrak was just 6 1/2 months old and was one
of two new suburban stations on the Northeast Corridor built during
that time period - the other was Capital Beltway, MD (relocated and
replaced in Fall 1983 at New Carrollton, MD) for Metroliner Service.
The location chosen for Metropark Station was were the NEC crossed the
Garden State Parkway at GSP exit 131 and at mile 24.6 from Penn Station
New York at Iselin (replacing Iselin Station less than one mile east) which
is between Rahway (mile 20.8) and Metuchen (mile 27.2) on the NEC.
Virtually all of the commercial and office development in the area was
built after the station opened - the planners back in the day had no idea
that the area would grow as it has and that rail ridership on the NEC
was going to increase by leaps and bounds over the following decades.
There was not room - or more importantly funding - to build anything
other than the two platform station that was constructed on the NEC.
Keep in mind NJT was created in 1979 and would not directly operate
commuter trains until 1983 - NJDOT subsidized rail service in NJ by
contract operation of the former PRR NEC service by PC (later Conrail
April 1, 1976-December 31, 1982) before NJT took control.
Metropark Station is a prime example of a rail success story especially
taking note to the era (late 60s/early 70s) in which MET was built...
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS