mgdemarco wrote:Jtgshu, do you think double tracking the ACL line might depend on the future success/failure of ACES service? Also, what would double tracking the ACL involve? What about areas like the Haddonfield cut?
Well, of course ACES being successful would be helpful, but I think sooner or later, the line will have to be double tracked, or at least sections of it. If Im not mistaken, the ACL has had the biggest ridership increases of all the lines over the past few years, and that is shown with the 4 car trains down there now.
It would be simple to double track, just connect the sidings. So the Haddonfield Cut would have to stay single tracked, thats not a big deal and could easily be scheduled in so there are no conflicts. Same with Delair (actually from the hand throw switch for the Industrail track) and to Shore, unless NJT and Conrail could work out an operating plan where both tracks could be used by both operations.
While the recent schedule changes down there might not have gone over real well, its showing that NJT has not forgotten about the ACL and is no longer just letting its "do its own thing"