mtuandrew wrote:At this point, if NJT doesn't ever order MUs or if they're too much of a hassle, the obvious options are:
-rent a few S-Vs from SEPTA wrapped for NJT
-sever the Princeton Branch from the NEC and use a few RIVERline Stadlers
-sever the Branch from the NEC, convert to 750 VDC LRT, and hope the town or college decides they also want in
-busway, or worse, bustitute on surface streets and make it a bikeway
Everyone: I will use Andrew's option list and add my own thoughts on each:
1-SEPTA will not likely be able to lease any MU cars to anyone let alone NJT for any kind of long
term since they have a potential shortage of their own equipment with the Silverliner Four fleet
aging and their own ridership continuing to grow.
Keeping a small dedicated fleet of between 4 and 6 Arrow Three MU cars for the Dinky especially
if there is to be no multilevel EMU order would be the easiest way to retain PJ&B service.
2-Isolating the PJ&B is going to be a tough move-Will these dedicated DMU cars be kept there or
maintained along with the River Line fleet in Camden? A new shop would likely be required to
maintain this small fleet if it is to become a total stand-alone line.
3-A light rail line - along with an extension to further serve the University campus and Borough
would be a good move - but will need the support of P.U. and many levels of NJ local and state
governments to design and fund this new service. Both this and the DMU options are going to
be expensive propositions.
4-A Busway - or outright bustitution - is an outside possibility for this route. This option may
encounter strong opposition from elements of the community that want to retain the Dinky.
From looking at overview maps of the route pathways paralleling parts of the route already exist.
Connecting these into a bike and pedestrian route would be a good move - the one need would be
a pedestrian/bicycle bridge that would be necessary over US 1.
The Princeton Branch Wikipedia page for the overview record:
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In closing remember "If it is not broken..." This is the way many feel about the Dinky...MACTRAXX
EXPRESS TRAIN TO NEW YORK PENN STATION-NO JAMAICA ON THIS TRAIN-PLEASE STAND CLEAR OF THE CLOSING TRAIN DOORS