gokeefe wrote: ↑Mon Jun 24, 2019 6:14 pm Again, I don't know enough about operations and engineering to understand if that would be considered justified at current traffic levels. I'm guessing not ...Does anyone think this may have something to do with the Saint John's Port expansion.
gokeefe wrote: ↑Mon Jun 24, 2019 8:41 pm Your question about Saint John reminds me that I saw a set of empty well cars in a recent video of POED.That was just going west. We're not supposed to use wells for the PS stuff going to Ayer, but there were a few that were just going back and forth empty.
That would almost certainly run counter to MaineDOT's clear goal of supporting Eastport, Searsport and Portland.Eastport and Searsport are never going to happen with Saint John as close as it is, and Portland isn't big enough.
roberttosh wrote: ↑Tue Jun 25, 2019 5:52 am Is the planned Saint John rail business going to compete with NY/NJ, Norfolk, etc for Midwest traffic or will it simply be a shuttle to/from Ayer handling exclusively New England traffic? Without DS service the former seems like it is going to be a long shot.There isn't anything mainstream at the moment being offered right from either MSC or CMA from Ayer to Saint John. Focus is more on Midwest US, Central CAN and Western CAN mostly with CMA by rail over CN. Also both can move box via Port of Boston with transshipment to reach the same service points in similar transit times, so until SJ gets more services or something else changes, unlikely see anything take this routing.