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Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Nov 8 09:20:16 2019

Written by Bill Wilson, Editor-in-Chief

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont wants to spend $4 billion on Metro-North Railroad.
Going from 80 to 50 to 14 might be the right sequence for Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont. When Lamont first unveiled his transportation plan, he wanted to go overboard on tolling, which did not sit well with the state legislature. On Nov. 7 the governor called for 14 tolls that would help fund a 10-year, $21 billion transportation spending proposal, with $4 billion going towards improvements for the Metro-North Railroad.

Lamont wants to cut the rail travel time from New Haven to Manhattan by 30 minutes. To do that $2.25 billion will be used to replace the aging bridges on the New Haven line, which are traffic chokepoints. New rail cars, at a cost of $1 billion, will help reach speeds of 110 mph.

Low-interest federal loans and the 14 toll locations will be used to help finance the plan. State lawmakers will now vote on the measure, but that might not happen until they return to the state Capitol in February.


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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Mr RT on Fri Nov 8 09:52:36 2019, in response to Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Nov 8 09:20:16 2019.

The reduced qty of tolls is just a teaser.
He just increase them after the first group gets in.

Typical democrat Ö not dealing with delicate, because it's more important to spend more :-(

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri Nov 8 10:01:30 2019, in response to Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Nov 8 09:20:16 2019.

Lamont wants to cut the rail travel time from New Haven to Manhattan by 30 minutes. To do that $2.25 billion will be used to replace the aging bridges on the New Haven line, which are traffic chokepoints. New rail cars, at a cost of $1 billion, will help reach speeds of 110 mph

They sure love to spend, don't they. And I don't believe that 110-mph figure one bit.

So will the Acelas be able to travel at high speeds too? Imagine getting to Boston in less than three hours.

This will take decades, and I'd be surprised if I were still alive by the time the bridges are all replaced. Perhaps some new technology will arrive before then to actually make our present mechanized transportation modes obsolete, too, or has the human spirit of invention actually dissipated?

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Edwards! on Fri Nov 8 12:09:55 2019, in response to Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Nov 8 09:20:16 2019.

No.
Just No.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Jersey Mike on Fri Nov 8 12:11:53 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Mr RT on Fri Nov 8 09:52:36 2019.

CT should have never gotten rid of the tolls on its TURNPIKE to begin with. It's led to a lack of transportation funding ever since.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Elkeeper on Fri Nov 8 13:16:24 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Jersey Mike on Fri Nov 8 12:11:53 2019.

Will they be bringing back tolls on I-95 with discounts for CT E-ZPass holders? I have not heard too much about this, recently.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Jersey Mike on Fri Nov 8 14:01:37 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Elkeeper on Fri Nov 8 13:16:24 2019.

I assume so. The road should be toll enabled due to its status as a pre-interstate state turnpike.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by 3-9 on Fri Nov 8 14:42:42 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Olog-hai on Fri Nov 8 10:01:30 2019.

You know of a way to replace/improve infrastructure without spending?

Where will you put new transportation modes? This isn't the 1800's.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Elkeeper on Fri Nov 8 15:07:56 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Jersey Mike on Fri Nov 8 14:01:37 2019.

Are tolls on I-95 a separate thing from these proposed tolls elsewhere?

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Fri Nov 8 22:00:42 2019, in response to Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by TransitChuckG on Fri Nov 8 09:20:16 2019.

Sounds like he started with a big ask @ 80 tolls and walked it back.

As for the speed, they should be aiming for 100 rather than 110, so no new railcars are needed and the pricetag can be reduced. The M8 is limited to 100, and afaik no commuter rail in North America has faster speeds (NJT is 100). Going from 70 to 100 is a fantastic enough speed increase.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by The Silence on Fri Nov 8 22:18:28 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Fri Nov 8 22:00:42 2019.

MARC Penn line still use the 125 MPH HHP-8s

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Henry R32 #3730 on Fri Nov 8 23:40:32 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by The Silence on Fri Nov 8 22:18:28 2019.

Good point, forgot about MARC. And their Charger replacements will do the same.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Olog-hai on Fri Nov 8 23:45:56 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by The Silence on Fri Nov 8 22:18:28 2019.

Not for long, unless they find someone to maintain them. Meanwhile, they don't run them at that speed, and the diesel trains that run on the Penn Line don't run on a slower schedule.

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Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad

Posted by Mr RT on Sun Nov 10 08:49:21 2019, in response to Re: Conn. governorís $21B transportation plan includes improvements to Metro-North Railroad, posted by Elkeeper on Fri Nov 8 13:16:24 2019.

His orig plan was for tolls on 95, 15, 91, 84
i.e. all major highways in CT
you would get a discount with a CT E-Z Pass

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