Dcell wrote: ↑Tue Feb 18, 2020 10:12 am
Scranton? Lol. The project to Andover is suspended indefinitely. No work has been done in years.
I would literally be happy with service to Blairstown and no further. Unfortunately NJ Transit believed in this WE NEED SCRANTON approach to justify it then the MOS is to Andover. Arguments could be made that Andover, Greendell and Blairstown would be a better branch than just Andover.
NJ Transit, however, is in no need to expand right now. Would expansion be great? Sure. The money isn't there. The capacity isn't there. The tunnels aren't there. The population isn't there. I know people are incredibly wanting of this service, but I'm not sure it would even be in my top 5 of expansion projects if the capacity existed. (West Trenton, MOM Lakehurst Branch, Northern Branch, some deal with the Susquehanna in terms of service would be the first 4 in terms of access to people.) Hell, I'd put money down to improve Lake Hopatcong station given NJ Transit has basically let it run to waste since the overpass came down in 1982. Besides Monmouth Park, I'd argue it's the worst station on NJ Transit right now in terms of design.
The priorities just aren't there for service to Scranton (or Andover or Blairstown or East Stroudsburg or any other terminus) and I feel NJ money should be going elsewhere. (I want to be an NJ taxpayer again, so don't think I'm an out of stater trying to spend other's money.)
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