Pensyfan19 wrote: ↑Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:57 am that's disgraceful about this is that they couldn't spare $3 million of a billion dollar budget to save this trainCome again? They spend $12m/year on the entire NICTD subsidy to operate 40 trains/day, own 90 miles of electrified mainline with ABS and PTC, and own 85 EMU cars, two geeps, twenty stations. 12,000 riders/day.
For 1/3 of that we're supposed to be ok with three randoms from the 14th street pool running one way/day over someone else's track with 100 people aboard? Those numbers don't hunt.
west point wrote:Had wondered if using NICTD to Dyer would speed up Amtrak when that is finished but have to wonder if Superliners would clear the wires especially on the IC portion ?A bilevel Hoosier state routed up the NICTD Dyer line could lateral to the CN at Kensington. While under NICTD wires, it would be okay as the Capitol has detoured here a few times. This would require CN to play well, as well as NICTD, who isn't a big fan of Amtrak given Amtrak's Michigan City interlocker shenanigans. Amtrak will hold a South Shore train for 15+ minutes if there is a Detroit train within light years of that stupid crossing.
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