photobug56 wrote: ↑Sun Feb 23, 2020 8:59 pm
PA is interested and has paid for studies. Also the counties.
Paying for studies is much different than paying for a multi-billion (I would presume given the amount of rehab work needed and extra tracks and stuff) extension of a railroad. This is a better project when in house in Jersey, even if the line ends up only going to Blairstown or Andover. I understand the need to get cars off 80, which is commonly congested. However, the result of this is the state is in a situation of "in retrospect, we shouldn't have been so aggressive in allowing cuts during the 1960s and 1980s and now we have to rebuild." Unfortunately it's one thing to inherit service than to bring it back. SEPTA is incredibly lucky the state got involved much earlier and much stronger than NJ Transit had.
Does it suck? Yes. Conrail tore up the tracks. Unfortunately, even in 1981, rails still weren't the big thing. No one likes that an ex-high speed line is now the equivalent of an unmaintained rail or snowmobile trail. However, it happens. The Lackawanna Cut-off is far from the only rail to suffer from it.
How do you justify it to taxpayers that have to deal with NJT cancelling trains due to lack of staff, a bridge that is constantly getting screwed up and only the Coast Guard has made life easier, plus two-storm damaged tunnels built in 1910 that need twins and rehab to justify a 132 mile rail extension to Scranton?
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