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  1. FRA only restricts "light" passenger rail vehicles from running concurrently with freight. Amtrak runs with freight all the time. The Red Line was always designed to use heavy weight passenger vehicles (like Amtrak). The real problem is capacity and that CATS seemed to totally disregard Norfolk Southerns ownership of the tracks and what their future needs might be. Currently NS runs two trains daily up the O line it would get very expensive to build enough track to accommodate concurrent operations with out delays to the passenger service, which would obviously be unacceptable to passengers. W
  2. Got to check out the Aquarium at a contractors preview. It was really nice, I was very impressed with the quality of the exhibits. I don't know if I would go very often at those prices, but the season pass might not be bad if you have kids. They will defiantly catch out-of-towners that are here for races and other events and are looking for something to do at any cost. TH
  3. Drove past the Old NS intermodal yard, looks pretty much emptied out, only a few trailers. Is the new one in operation already?
  4. There is no technical reason you can't run a light rail train on a street car line. Run express light rail trains that bypass the slower street cars. Run these express trains from the outer most station skipping the inner stations. These light rail express trains could diverge back on to the blue line downtown. Or more to the point, why cant we have both a street car and light rail. TH
  5. I'm can't help but be unconcerned about the impact this aquarium might have on an larger aquarium that is not planed for, paid for or even though of in any realistic sense by anyone that can make it happen. I can take my kids to this one. TH
  6. This is better than I expected these days. I'm glad they are going to a push-pull operation, should simplify track work and operations. Frankly the grade separation had a pretty damn high cost for what it accomplished (operationally). Clearly you can operate passenger trains through the crossing (as they do now) so it's not really a show stopper for anything, just not really an optimal configuration. With expanded service and increased ridership hopefully the pressure for a real solution will come.
  7. You should take a trip to the University area, they have done quite a bit of work on both sides of the road north and south of Harris. Just about every tree and sign is gone. They have built a retaining wall in front of Showmars, and there is a contractor staging area at the site of the JW Clay parking garage.
  8. Kind of. The Orr Rd grade crossing will be removed. Where Grier and Orr now intersect at that funky wye there will be a normal 4 way intersection with Grier being extended over the tracks to Old Concord Rd.
  9. Finally some visible work on the ARRA improvements, or what the DOT now calls PIP (Piedmont Improvement Program). I was taking the family to get some dinner last night and noticed signs up that they are closing Caldwell Rd at the grade crossing with NS in a couple days. Did a search on NCDOT site and looks like recently the have awarded a whole bunch of contracts that are starting NOW! NCDOT Awards $24.9 Million Contract for Railbed Construction in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties NCDOT Awards $13.7 Million Contract for Grier Road over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Mecklenburg Coun
  10. I'm guessing they look more at the economic tax implications of NOT fixing that bridge. I imagine that the mentioned CSA's federal tax contribution is orders of magnitude more than all of NC. But still....for just one bridge... damn.
  11. Finally some visible work on the ARRA improvements, or what the DOT now calls PIP (Piedmont Improvement Program). I was taking the family to get some dinner last night and noticed signs up that they are closing Caldwell Rd at the grade crossing with NS in a couple days. Did a search on NCDOT site and looks like recently the have awarded a whole bunch of contracts that are starting NOW! NCDOT Awards $24.9 Million Contract for Railbed Construction in Mecklenburg and Cabarrus Counties NCDOT Awards $13.7 Million Contract for Grier Road over Norfolk Southern Railroad in Mecklenburg Coun
  12. I agree. U-City will take longer than the south side to organically grow from where it is to more urban high density along the LTR. It might even take a couple cycles of build and re-build. Thats why the car lots don't bother me, they are pretty cheap (comparatively) investment and are more likely converted to denser use in the long run.
  13. Well as long as we are discussing station options, here is mine. The Green line is all Amtrak services. This station would serve the BLE Redline and Amtrak all in one station.
  14. Honestly I think the red line was the city's failure. They failed to involve the railroad along the way, and have them agree to basic principles form the beginning. The City also failed to understand the political environment they were getting them selves into with Iredell county and the Koch brothers.
  15. To tally up the wins and losses for government and railroads and claim that someone is better off than the other is very short cited, it's not a zero sum game. Atlas Shrugged was fiction. Oh and railroads love corporate welfare just as much as any business. Please see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Gateway and https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crescent_Corridor both of these are programs are expansion of freight capacity and have a significant portion of the cost paid for by the government. Back to the original question of why is CSX so hard about passenger trains crossing here w
  16. What I don't get is why CSX has such an aversion to passenger trains crossing their tracks. This is done all over the country and all over the CSX system, what is it about this crossing that is an issue? Or is CSX just being difficult?
  17. I wonder if the frosty relationship Foxx has with with NC gov will hurt us if he tries to hand down any money for projects as US Sec Trans. Seems the trend in the south is to take joy in throwing money back to the fed, and now with the all GOP NC gov I see this being even more of a problem. I don't put it past some people to give up free money for the sake of ideology. (while not all money is as free as it looks) TH
  18. I think the difference is that the perceived value of the streetcar project is (as others have said) "dubious at best". While the value of an access road to an industrial park is well understood by the parties involved. Plus the real issue here is side stepping the MTC, which was put in place to prioritize and vet projects. I have no idea why Foxx is so unyielding on this. If he endangers the BLE I (democrat) will gladly contribute to anyone that might unseat him. But I think damage to his carrier has already been done. TH
  19. I think it's safe to say that passenger rail is not on any freight railroads radar except as a warning. The freight railroads avoid it like the plague and fight it everywhere. It's not a money maker, and even with subsidies it would have a very thin margin. The only exception I know to this is FEC in Florida, but I will believe it when I see the trains rolling. But I'm sure CSX would take some state money to upgrade their routes, as long as they don't have to guarantee any level of service afterwards. Ever ride Amtrak between Rocky Mount and Richmond VA, that is a busy CSX route, and it i
  20. Nice map. I imagine that being just south of the busiest rail corridor in the US had quite a bleed over effect. I have always felt that one of the biggest obstacles to rail transit is that much of the country does not have a rail transit culture, it is not an option they ever consider. I think NC has had enough yankees move down who have that culture and it has infected the locals (being one of these yankees). It's clear we have the critical mass to be the next logical extension of the north east corridor. TH
  21. I agree, worries me. Money can't just sit forever, someone will use it for something else. I have searched far and wide and nothing. These guys http://www.trainweb.org/capt/ are my only hope, but their website is about 8 months behind, but that is better than most. TH
  22. I figured they were in use, I did not know how bad off they were. Charlotte has so little of it's railroading past intact I will take whatever I can get. TH
  23. Exactly! And if you really want to appeal to the railroad gods you use the old P&N shops that still stand near (south of) the CSX inter-modal yard as a LTR service center. One can dream. TH
  24. Good points, I had not really considered how inconvenient the infrequent outbound service from the airport might be. But the ability to uses a ROW that already goes by the airport and could connect Gastonia and Charlotte is very tempting. Neighborhoods to the west are going to be hard to serve with a line to the airport, they are more or less to the northwest. If I had my choice I would run LTR up the Hwy 16 to 485 and forget the airport . If you go to the airport with LTR via Billy Graham or Tyvola you are in the woods except for a few office parks, but no one lives out there (trust m
  25. I think the only way to get service to the Airport is to use commuter rail. For several reasons: 1. Would be a logical extension of the red line. 2. Would not only to link Gastonia to Charlotte but also Link Gastonia to the airport. 3. Commuter rail is cheaper per mile and has lower density requirements. Also it is/can be faster. 4. Would be easier to implement as both Gastonia and Charlotte have existing stations and are served by Amtrak. 5. Later as density improves on the west side light rail or street car could be implimented. 6. Norfolk Southern would most likely prefer the
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