ceo wrote:There is already a transit link connecting the two halves of the rail system, it's called the Orange Line.
How about if you're a passenger who wants to go from oh say Weymouth to Maine, I'm pretty sure the orange line isn't going to help you there! (just to support the issue Seashore has multiple members from Weymouth now that I think of it, one of which won't take the train because it involves too many transfers!)
The orange line is not a sufficient North/South link as it does not serve the entire SOUTH
Wikipedia's Definition of LINK,
1. A connection between places, persons, events, or things.
A line between North and South station is a connection between 2 stations (places) therefore, by definition, would be a sufficient LINK between them. Any questions?
I already stated that that is what I meant, but apparently not clearly enough!
And even if there was through service they wouldn't send Amtrak to Maine from the corridor because there's a lack of locomotive fuel for AEM7's and Acela trains. They could have the Downeaster go to South Station I suppose.
I'm sure it probably sacrilegious to mention something like this on a trainspotting forum, but at what points are trains expected to become obsolete? 50 years? 100 years? How long would it actually take to build/modify the tremendous infrastructure to permit thru-rail service? Would there really be any seen benefit to this investment?
I'd say Europe is probably a good example of our future, as is China or Japan, all of which have extensive rail service and automobile traffic far less then ours. What does that say? To me it says that trains are not only a way of the past, but also a way of the future. I seriously doubt trains are going anywhere. I'm sure they will be very different in 50 or 100 years, but in some form or another they will exist.