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41 minutes ago, Raildudes dad said:

Yes we did. We had a friendly RR north of town that wasn't anti passenger service.  We looked at a Sparta - Bridge St service. We proposed a quick and dirty startup to see if folks would use the service. Now that RR is owned by a "Not on our RR" company that also owns the RR to the east.  CSX doesn't want passenger w/o a lot of money which is why Holland to GR service discussion is a joke. The owner of RR to the south is supposedly receptive but NB 131 functions pretty decent in the morning as opposed to SB 131 from Rockford to downtown. You can't get folks to ride commuter rail until travel time and lack of downtown parking attract them. IMHO metro GR isn't even close to having that demand. The Silver Line would be standing room only if that was the case.

Raildudes dad, you're into the RR stuff, isn't it likely that CSX will be selling off the routes if they can through Grand Rapids in the next few years since they're losing all their money making coal hauling business with the Holland, Grand Haven, and Muskegon generating plants closed and the big Consumers Energy Port Sheldon plant scheduled to close maybe as early as 2025?  It might be an opportunity for MDOT or a smaller more open minded community private operator to take over and consider hosting some kind of commuter service along with maybe increased Amtrak frequency.  I'm sure it would have to be subsidized somehow.

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Current plan is to close 2 of 3 units at Port Sheldon in 2031 and the 3rd in 2040 unless the Sierra club and other groups force earlier dates. (Don't get me going on the stupidity of going to wind and solar over burning cleaned up coal - battery banks have no environmental impacts?????)

The smallest unit is a peaker plant burning eastern coal. Last year I was told, they did not receive 1 train of eastern coal. The largest unit is base load plant for the midwest power grid, it runs full load 24/7 . The last or 3rd unit varies with the load demand, always running but is "turned up or down" depending on the power demand in the grid. They currently receive about 3 -130 car trains every 2 days or so I was told. About 19,000 tons a day.

None of the potential buyers of the CSX lines are passenger friendly. I don't see any gov't agency stepping up to buy the corridors.  Look at MDOT's high speed corridor from Detroit to Chicago - billions of $$. We can't come up with the money to fix our roads so how will MDOT come up with the monies to buy the RR corridors.

I did some review of the "Wally" since I worked some excursion trains on the TSBY - now GLC. I was very familiar with the track and territory. US 23 from I-96 to Ann Arbor was a 2, now part 3 lane  traffic nightmare.  The Wally was proposed to be a commuter from Howell to just north of AA. Couldn't get into AA due to a  hostile railroad. So it was proposed, 40 mph speed, limited stops, with handicap service on demand via small bus.  Very minimal station amenities, a trial service to see if folks would ride. U of M would provide their employees with no cost passes. There would be bus service from the south end of the line into AA to and connect with the transit system. Initial startup for 23 miles -$5-6 million.

So someone wanted a consultant to review the Wally. Their recommendation - 65 mph track - keep in mind it's 23 miles. Full 4 way gates at every road crossing, welded rail, full ADA access at every station, ADA cars etc. Start up costs -$65 million. Google the Wally and see if you can ride it today. Nope, the proposal is just that today. AA changed their focus to Detroit - AA and that hasn't gone any where either.

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A few update shots on the construction happening in Ada.

First up, the library is making good progress:

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Second, building A2 is coming along nicely:

Just a refresher, below is the overall layout and A2's location.

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Also, bids for building B5 (Luna's new restaurant) were sent out late last year, so I have a feeling there will be movement in the not so distant future on that site. 

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On 3/11/2020 at 8:39 AM, NoDustBusterNoMore said:

A few update shots on the construction happening in Ada.

First up, the library is making good progress:

image.png.a2d8e95961aeb290734a33d9d60edbee.png

Second, building A2 is coming along nicely:

Just a refresher, below is the overall layout and A2's location.

image.png.4968ad871bcf051f19c13ccd252e6166.png

image.png.676519dd31059b03623af249665e256a.png

image.thumb.png.2a09611b70734def9c137201e981a025.png

Also, bids for building B5 (Luna's new restaurant) were sent out late last year, so I have a feeling there will be movement in the not so distant future on that site. 

Nice job @NoDustBusterNoMore! Much appreciated.

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