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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    West of Harrisburg needs a new alignment, frankly. The Hartford line is a similar corridor which has been upgraded nicely, but not fully. And is ripe for further investment. It needs wires and double tracking (plus Hartford station itself!) - plus the Northeast is relatively well...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    Improving the slow parts is definitely the one. As I mentioned before, NYC to Stamford would benefit so many folks. NYC and Hoboken to Secuacus and Newark too. Or the Baltimore tunnel. And Philly approaches from the north. Upping those speeds gives way more than adding 10-20mph on the speedway...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    If Gateway is done, as seems very likely, they should eliminate all NJT diesel working. Regardless of that fanciful Secaucus loop, NJT should be electric to its extremities. And potentially beyond - Raritan offers an alt route to Philly via West Trenton (which is wired), and straight west into...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    Exactly. The Hampton Roads area was long the default end of the Regionals, at Newport News. And so using rail is already ingrained, so much so that the Norfolk route reopened and is having additional services added. Along the Roanoke line too, and with Charlottesville being the uni town (i.e...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    I feel like what the Commonwealth of Virginia have already begun is how this should work. The bridge, the trackage, the rebuilds at Alexandria, Crystal City, Richmond works etc... choose a corridor and invest properly in capacity, wires, speed. As a long-haul node also, many services will...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    Brightline being shut is very much of the moment. Construction is still ongoing on their Orlando route, so it's a pause. I think the rest of my post is fair. The map shows medium distance changes, yes - but nothing on frequency. Daily services, or the peak loaded nature of US commuter rail...
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    Biden Infrastructure Program and Amtrak

    I think adding daily trundles (calling at 3am) to more cities is NOT what Amtrak needs to do, at all. Any reinstatements should be high quality and useable. If this is to move the needle on traffic and rail usage, it should focus on key corridors which could see a revolution in usage if...
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    Diversions to alternative London terminals

    These survived in spirit, in the Waterloo-Bristol services. Rarely used end to end, but the main London services for Warminster, Trowbridge and Bradford.
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    Ebbw Vale - Newport services funding secured

    Will this loan include the second platforms at Ebbw/Llan, and loops? And will service be 1tph Cardiff, 1 tph Newport? Or might the Newport reverse and go to Cardiff after? Assuming Abertillery would be 2tph by that statement. Same mix of Cardiff and Newport likely?
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    East-West Rail (EWR): Progress updates [not speculation]

    Thanks for the calling pattern, and SWT, for the context. One would hope that Marston might be revisited in the light of the expressway cancellation. The calling pattern is also pretty sparse for a new double mainline. But the Marylebone trains are x2 (I think x3 one day) and perhaps there is...
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    East-West Rail (EWR): Progress updates [not speculation]

    What are the main plans for the Bletchley-Bedford section? I understood the (not so long ago) upgrade to 60mph was not going to be improved upon. In 2025 when the next section opens, what is the initial pattern planned to be? 2tph Oxford to Bletchley?
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    The impact of the new EMR timetable on journeys from Corby, Kettering, Wellingborough to London

    Yes, both Luton stations get the same 2tph service, so it is an improvement in that regard - if not in destinations.
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    Trivia: most underwhelming end to a main route?

    So basically, most small towns termini and especially seaside towns are bleak, and dumps?
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    East-West Rail (EWR): Progress updates [not speculation]

    Is there a diagram anywhere of the proposed future state?

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