by #5 - Dyre Ave
Suburban Station wrote: transitizing: if by that you mean light rail service with connections to the subway, which is what I'd think you meant, I'd assum that ideally the route would tunnel under the nec and provide a below grade connection...or perhaps more realistically, run on the surface for the "last mile" to get to broad street. in either case, current ridership numbers would not be a good indicator of demand. It seems likely some ridership from other bus routes (23, HXH, etc) would transfer to this equally cheap, much faster ride to the subway.What about making the Hill East line a branch of the Broad St Subway? That would eliminate the transfer at Broad and Erie (for bus riders) and relieve that station because nearly every stop on the CHE line has a bus connection. It would still be a two-seat ride for many people, but it would be a shorter bus ride. And then the Hill West line can be routed onto the Reading side via the Swampoodle Connection. This would eliminate not one, but two busy at-grade junctions: One would be where the CHW line joins the Amtrak Line at North Philly. The other would be where the CHE line joins the SEPTA Main Line at Wayne Junction. CHE trains already have their own separate tracks at Wayne Junction, so an easement and short tunnel connection could be built to join the Hill East Line to the BSS at Erie.
Last edited by #5 - Dyre Ave on Sat Jun 11, 2011 9:28 am, edited 2 times in total.