charlesriverbranch wrote:Dig a tunnel under Block island Sound; join the old Narragansett Pier line and connect to the NEC at Kingston.
The Block Island Line: it'll be a mighty good road!
I know that the above is mostly for the folksong pun, but New Haven is too important to skip. (And Stamford CT probably is too, which is why there wasn't enough "win" in [email protected]
to make it worth the fight).
That said, intercity Acela II is going to be an awesome way to go south from Long Island, and I'm sure there are also some "super commuters" who'd pay a premium fare for a once-weekly "meeting with clients" in NYC from "Nassau" or Ronkonkoma at 2x the LIRR fare and everyone'd be happy.
Today's trip from Ronkonkoma to NYP is 1h09 to 1h20 if you get an express (there are 4 each morning that are at least express-ish
from "Greater Islip", but none at midday or evening.)
On an Acela, you could roughly do
And it'd be lovely to do that every 4 hours to WAS and throw in a Keystone or two.
Basically, any Acela that wasn't to/from Boston, you'd want to send to/from RKK (if LIRR would let you)
A while back I'd discussed with ThirdRail7 "how come more Acela don't turn at STM or NHV" and the answer was two-fold:
1) They don't turn Acelas there now (extra facilities hassles)
2) Connecticut MNRR doesn't have the capacity (if a train gets a slot from CT to go East from Penn, it might as well go to Boston)
However, whatever the long-term solution is for the Keystones (and turning at HAR) would probably have a nice bookend in RKK.