robelybasis wrote: ↑Tue Jan 04, 2022 11:49 am They really just have to add a 2nd track onto the WYE going to GCT and have it connect to track 4 so you don't have to wrong rail for a short section and can hold in the right direction and ease congestion. Probably about a $3 million project to redo everything there.Looking back at old NHRR-era pics of the Devon area, there was a direct connection from NHL Track 4 to the Waterbury Branch. It was an at-grade crossing which involved 3 diamonds to get the 4->WB train across tracks 2,1,3. I'm guessing the diamonds were removed by Metro North and simplified with the present connection off Track 3 and the train having to thread its way through switches to go from 4->2, 2->1, 1->3.
Outside of that, the best bet would be making Devon Transfer permanent. An "up and over" to get from 4 to 3 would be necessary. I wouldn't worry about parking... make it solely a transfer station, though depending on local road access, you could make it a "kiss & ride" type setup with just a drop-off/pick-up area (buses could use it too). This one maneuver would allow for more frequent trips on the branch and provide connections at Devon in both directions.