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Re: Port Jervis rail service

Posted by Osmosis Jones on Fri Sep 18 03:04:21 2020, in response to Port Jervis rail service, posted by TransitChuckG on Thu Sep 17 04:05:11 2020.

I can't see Pascack Valley Line service north of the state line going anywhere, the ridership potential there once the Secaucus Loop gets built 450 years from now is too prominent to ignore. 😂 Not to mention that trains would have to deadhead from Montvale to Woodbine anyways, might as well collect some revenue while you're headed up there.

I can definitely see them abandoning the Otisville and Port Jervis stations, but the rest of the Port Jervis Line? I'm iffy about that. I think that stations at Woodbury Common and Stewart Airport could possibly breathe some new life onto that line, but not enough to keep it off of the chopping block during times like this. I also think that more off-peak express service would also help, but then again not enough to definitely "save" service along the line. If I'm going to Times Square from Cornwall, why would I choose to sit on a local train that runs every 3 hours all the way to Secaucus, transfer to a New York train, and walk a half-mile, when I can just drive to Beacon, take an hourly express train straight into Grand Central, and walk about the same distance? I could also possibly even just walk to a Coach USA bus stop and take that straight into Port Authority. Outside of Middletown and to a lesser extent Harriman, off-peak ridership on that line is pretty damn low, and it's not hard to see why.

In my Foamy Fantasy Realm, I would discontinue service along most of the Port Jervis Line, and redirect my focus towards restoring passenger service on the West Shore Line. Every station except Middletown and Campbell Hall would be abandoned. I would figure out a way to connect Campbell Hall station with Stewart Airport, as well as the West Shore Line along the Newburgh waterfront, then continue passenger service south on the West Shore Line all the way down to Hoboken or what not.

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