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ajfunder last won the day on May 28 2013

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About ajfunder

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    Charlotte, NC
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    Mass transit (Light Rail, Streetcar, Commuter rail) and Intercity Rail.

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  1. I think a good example of how to do modern commuter rail is RTD's electrified commuter rail which runs on 15 minute headways on two of the three operational lines (the 4th will be 20 minute peak). Just learn from RTD and don't try to go overboard with PTC and cause flaggers to have to be stationed at every crossing for two years as well as delay the opening of one line for the same amount of time.
  2. Came off the Little Sugar Creek Greenway today to a pleasent suprise. A new cycle track that connects the trail under I-277 and into 1st Ward. Somehow I missed this one, I knew about closing the gap over Independence but not about this connection.
  3. Any chance the Gold Line opens without the last two stations? They can still use the crossover at Hawthorne and 5th while they figure out the bridge situation. Seems to be taking forever, I seriously think they may be reengineering it at this point.
  4. Starting to look like a Streetcar Line. Track in place from essentially Five Points to Poplar. The first few stations are also going in. Siemens also just shipped the first streetcar vehicle. Meanwhile, the Hawthorne Bridge work still hasn't resumed.....
  5. Any chance the Hawthorne Lane delay is due to a redesign of the bridge to accommodate Silver Line. Just speculation. Interested to see what comes from the public meeting.
  6. I'm all for a railfan/train watching park feature, or is that just me lol.
  7. Noticed they cleared this lot by Graham Interlocking. Is something going here or is it just the railroad clearing vegetation for whatever reason.
  8. It is an alternate to the NCRR which NS fully owns. The NCRR is state owned and leased to NS which uses it as their mainline. It is a contingency plan if anything ever goes south with the the state and also allows NS more power in negotiations. NS is the reason the NCRR is maintained to class IV and potentially class V FRA track. The state would have to start a whole maintenance division as well as find funding if NS were to walk away. The O-Line is what allows NS the ability to walk away if things ever went really sour. Hence why they are so stingy with it even though they barely use it. As the state continues to add more passenger trains on the NCRR as well as commuter rail in certain sections, I don't blame NS for playing hard ball although it is really frustrating as a huge proponent for passenger rail.
  9. They were built for heritage, hourly weekend, separated right of way operations, not seven day a week 6am-11pm, start-stop, street running operations. Hence why they were unreliable. They weren't designed for the service they have operated in on the Gold Line. They were partially built with reused European (I believe Milan) running gear. Hence why parts are hard to find. Don't blame the tool, blame the people who thought these were adequate for modern streetcar ops. Also, I heard Little Rock was possibly interested in the vehicles, they use the same type on their heritage streetcar line.
  10. O-Line will never be sold as long as the NCRR is state owned. It is a political bargaining chip.
  11. Some construction shots and a Gomaco appreciation shot. Those things have been worked way past what they were originally built for in daily revenue service.
  12. I think it was likely engineered with an underpass in mind if extended.
  13. What about a stop right here. Isn't A north supposed to expand out this way. Make this a new airport transit center with it's own TSA entrance and joint bag check.
  14. Encountered a scooter riding wrong way (against the flow)on Stonewall the other day. Had traffic behind me and next to me with construction fencing taking any room from the curb for them to pass. They were lucky I didn't hit them. Not the first time I have seen this since the launch of the scooters. Preceded to be flipped off when I laid on the horn. All it will take is one accident for the city to really crackdown, hopefully people can learn to utilize these safely as I believe it is a great concept.
  15. As a urban/railroad photographer who photographs both trains, structures, and other industrial facilities, I have been confronted many times before. I carry around this "photographers bill of rights" and it is a valuable tool to have if you take pictures frequently. If you were indeed on Tryon, you are well within your rights to take as many photographs as you desire.
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