Matt Langworthy wrote:Matt, 1996 was over 20 years ago! A whole lot has changed since then, notably much less Rochester traffic and coal is gone, or almost so. It ain't coming back, no matter who is in the White House and who is in Albany. The "bottleneck" of trains working at Rochester is no longer the factor it used to be.
Great point! Conrail was cutting routes as late as 1996, when it sold off branchlines to the Falls Road and the R&N. If 2 routes weren't needed through Monroe County, Conrail would have sold or lifted the West Shore before the split in 1999. traffic hasn't dropped off much since then.
Someone mentioned the colleges. Put the station on the south side of the Shore, east of East River Road, run a road north from Jefferson, and you could practically walk to RIT. That would possibly boost ridership to Rochester. And as someone noted to me off-forum, would you want to leave your car at the current station for a few days when you went away for a weekend?
sd80mac has a good point about the newer bridges on the Shore being single track. I suspect the ROW is wide enough a parallel bridge could be constructed without too much hassle.
And one other point about costs - CSX would have MORE than enough rail from removing ONE of the main line tracks to re-lay the whole length of the West Shore. So unless they decide to install all new rail while they are at it, that part of the material costs are essentially free with only labor involved.