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Re: NY Senate Urges MTA To Reject Proposal To cut LIRR service into Penn Station

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Sat Feb 18 14:04:52 2012, in response to Re: NY Senate Urges MTA To Reject Proposal To cut LIRR service into Penn Station, posted by Olog-hai on Sat Feb 18 13:32:54 2012.

There are no specific plans to increase the frequency of the Empire Service

They've already started increasing the length of trains to/from the capital region; demand has most definitely increased for the Empire Corridor.

There are quite a few trains that you can count on to sell out on any given weekend, where five years ago you could make a walk up purchase for any train any time (except Thanksgiving). Tech companies and colleges are building huge campuses up here in Albany. Cuomo is throwing $1 billion at Buffalo. GE is giving their Schenectady location some expansion. Upstate NY is growing (finally), electrification will be quite useful in the coming years and it will be best to have it when we need then then need it and not have it.

There will be no "future stock with low-platform capability", especially when it comes to EMUs.
Manitou and Breakneck ridge can have their platforms raised with something like a Mini-High, or the two weekend trains that serve them can simply use Shoreliners (the newest batch should be good for another 25 years).

Finally, for cost effectiveness you are working under the assumption of current diesel prices. In 10 years time do you think we still will be able to afford to blow hundreds of gallons a trip for 14 trains a day? Regular gasoline is expected to jump 60 cents by summer! Electrical power has a much more stable price, since you can use a variety of reliable fuel sources for it (NG, coal, nuke, hydro, geothermal).

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