by Steamboat Willie
You do realize how much of a pain it is to cross over east bounds for the Devon transfer right? Also, it is easier for crew/equipment swaps done at Bridgeport station verses how it is now.
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naugatroll wrote:It was/is the logic.Jeff Smith wrote:ISo it seems Barnum would almost be a replacement Devon.Wasn't the logic on a permanent Devon transfer to keep the Waterbury branch on the branch, since main line slots to run to Bridgeport are at a premium? Making the transfer at Barnum doesn't exactly eliminate that herdle.
Cost of new train station triples to $146 million
After initially courting the state to help build a $48 million Metro-North Railroad station and 1,000-space parking lot for Bridgeport’s East Side, officials have now decided it should also accommodate Amtrak’s high speed rail, at a cost of $146.1 million.
That means building center island platforms, rather than just side platforms, to help juggle trains traveling at different speeds to different destinations and avoid bottlenecks.
“You have to take a step back and look at the Northeast (rail) corridor and New Haven Line in particular and recognize the strategy is operating more like Manhattan subway service, with local (trains) on the outside and express on the inside,” said David Kooris, Bridgeport’s economic development chief.
$10 million for proposed Barnum train station in BridgeportA couple of observations:
The highly competitive grant from the federal Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery fund will be used to design a $146 million Barnum Station on the former Remington Arms factory property.
State Sen. Toni Boucher, R-Wilton and a ranking member of the transportation committee, said she wonders where the rest of the money for the Barnum station will come from.
“There is no question you have to fix what is broken,” Boucher said. “We have 108-year-old rail bridges. You should fix that first before you build and anything new. And more stations slow the trains down.”
The proposed train station features two center island platforms to serve local and express Metro-North and Amtrak trains. The station includes about 1,000 parking spaces, and is projected to open in 2018.<SNIP>
NH2060 wrote:A number of stations on Iarnrod Eireann's (Irish Rail) Cork-Dublin mainline were rebuilt to such specifications as part of the Kildare Route Project. This permits short-turn trains to start and end their runs without crossing over the entire ROW to access the station at any given time.Huh. Never looked that closely at Hazelhatch before - I had no idea it has (for a short distance) 5 parallel tracks!
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The new station
This site is located between the Seaview Avenue and Pembroke Street. On a typical weekday, about 175 passenger trains operate over this segment.
There are to be two platforms, each 900 feet long, to accommodate up to a 10-car train. One platform would serve Tracks 1 and 3 and one would serve Tracks 2 and 4 to enable two-track express and two-track local service through the station.
The platforms would be center island platforms, with the two inside tracks (1 and 2) would providing express service for Amtrak, MNR and SLE trains, and the outside tracks serving local trains. This would create the opportunity for new express service stopping at New Haven, Barnum, and Stamford.
The island platforms would allow easy cross-platform transfers between local and express trains at these three key stations. By eliminating the need for cross-overs, train speeds would be able to increase (or trains could maintain speed), reducing commuter trip times even on local trains.
In a letter to the Council on Environmental Quality, the state Department of Transportation announced Tuesday it was tabling the long-awaited project, which would have created a Bridgeport rail station between Seaview Avenue and Pembroke Street.
“CTDOT has since determined that it is not in a financial position to undertake the proposed project, and has decided to defer the project in CTDOT's Capital Plan 2019-2023” according to the letter, confirming the state could not afford to make the project happen in the next few years.