rcthompson04 wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 2:11 pmCouple things.WhartonAndNorthern wrote: ↑Fri Jan 10, 2020 11:09 am I think some folks here are missing how much influence the Governor has over MTA and MetroNorth. Lately, the current governor has treated the MTA as his personal fiefdom overriding its decisions and imposing his personal stamp on it. Examples of his micromanagement include overriding the plans and schedule of the L train rehab and specifying a New York State-centric paint scheme for the LIRR M9s and newer subway cars. I've also noted the police cars of the TBTA (MTA Bridges and Tunnels) Police have a prominent "NEW YORK STATE" on the trunk. They almost look like State Police cruisers with the dark blue and gold lettering.Yes that is the point I don't understand when I noted that Metro North is a creature that exists at the state's will. If Cuomo wants MetroNorth to allow faster Amtrak service, he will get it.
In short, this governor will get what he wants from the MTA. If he wants higher speed for his HSR trains, he'll get it.
What is exactly Metro North's issue with higher speeds? This seems like the kind of issue that could go away at least in part with some money and prodding.
First, there's physics. Which even His Excellency can't overrule. Because of friction you can't go much over 80mph on under-running third rail. 100mph is the absolute outside limit for any sort of regular service on third rail-- believe the Brits have some trains that reach that on the London-Brighton line, which is over-running 3rd rail using the somewhat-terrifying British system in which the uncovered energized rail is at the same level as the running rails.
Then, there's station spacing. There are 15 stations in the 22 miles between Spuyten Duyvil and Croton-Harmon. No point spending big $ to bring the line up a couple FRA classes if very few of your trains will ever reach that speed because they're always accelerating out of or braking for a station.\
If you want to speed things up, figure out a way to run faster up the river and west of Albany where there's open space to run.