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Re: Putnam Division as Commuter Rail要iable? needed? relief for Taconic and Saw Mill?

Posted by SMAZ on Wed Sep 28 09:47:18 2005, in response to Putnam Division as Commuter Rail要iable? needed? relief for Taconic and Saw Mill?, posted by Olog-hai on Mon Sep 26 16:38:34 2005.

I say use the Put ROW in The Bronx in one of the following different ways:
Option 1. Extend the A from 207st down Broadway to a new station on 215st, then turn east on 216th where it would emerge to a new bridge over the Harlem River to the Old Put's turnoff in The Bronx. Follow the Put ROW to Van Cortlandt Park. From there leave the ROW and have the train viaduct run over the Major Deegan EXP to Jerome Av and 233rd St. (extend the "4" one stop to this location for transfer. There would be no NIMBYs since the extension would between Van Cort.Park and Woodlawn Cemetery). From there let the A drop to a subway and have stops under MNR Woodlawn Station and another at White Plains Rd under the "2/5" el. Continue along 233rd placing stations where needed until the Dyre Ave terminal of the "5" train.

Option 2. NIMBYkiller has a well thought out and inexpensive idea for a commuter "belt" line that he posted on wiredny.com's forums. Using my above Bronx part of the plan have trains built to commuter standards but operating under NYCT fares and auspices. South on The Put let it continue along the Hudson Line, thru Oak Point Yard to a new connection to the Hell Gate Bridge Freight Line (not Amtrak's). Continue along the Connecting RR and then to the the Bay Ridge Line's terminus on the NY Bay. If the Cross-Harbor Freight Tunnel is ever built continue it to NJ. (or SI North Shore line if they build it to St George) If the cars are Metro-North standard they would be allowed on freight lines. Build stations where passengers can transfer to other lines and at other needed places. Such a belt line (the "O train") would interconnect to transfers to almost every subway line in Bklyn, Queens and he Bronx at their outer limits and provide a much needed service.

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