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Dcell wrote: ↑Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:37 am I doubt the rail union would allow your proposed changes. The Dinky job is one of the most desirable assignments on the Newark Division and that's why high-seniority employees operate the Dinky. Electric light rail or DMU equipment is a non-starter as the rail union likely would object most strongly.The rail union won’t have a job to bid on soon, if NJT has its way with this proposal.
Dcell wrote: ↑Wed Jul 08, 2020 9:29 pm Why do you think NJT would convert the Dinky operation to light rail vehicles now? NJT firmly rejected Mr. Fisk's offer to operate the Dinky at a lower cost some 30 years ago and I don't believe I've read anything about current riders or the NJT Board saying a change is needed.I agree, but someone at NJT wants to end Princeton-PJ rail service (or at least study ending it) according to lensovet’s last post. All I’m saying is that if they’re so obsessed with ending commuter rail service with MUs, they should at least start using a smaller rail vehicle rather than tearing up the rails.
lensovet wrote: ↑Fri Jul 03, 2020 10:58 pm Tucked away at the end of the "Bus Infrastructure" section of NJT's new Capital Projects sheets is a new section on the "Princeton Transitway" which calls fora new surface transportation route to serve the Princeton area. The existing Princeton Branch right-of-way would provide an anchor for this new system, which would help to accommodate Princeton University’s plans to expand housing and facilities beyond the current campus limitations. The study and design phase would determine the preferred alternative for the initial implementation of the surface transportation route. The design phase would include removal of the electrified rail service, which is costly to maintain, and replace it with a surface transportation route between Princeton and Princeton Junction.Estimated cost of $61 million.
mtuandrew wrote: ↑Wed Jul 08, 2020 5:53 am Why not just use an actual RIVERline set? Or switch off the AC and repower with 750 VDC for electric LRTs? It’s a hideous choice to abandon any sort of rail transport, even if heavy rail is obviously too much.You would end up with a very small fleet of rail cars with no easy way to maintain them.