Jump to content

Attention: In order to reply to messages, create topics, have access to other features of the community you must sign up for an account.
Sign in to follow this  
GojiMet86

Amtrak: Connect US

Recommended Posts

Official Amtrak release:

http://media.amtrak.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Amtrak-Connects-Us-Fact-Sheet-for-Statement.pdf

 

Trains Magazine:

https://www.trains.com/trn/news-reviews/news-wire/amtrak-unveils-connects-us-map-that-suggests-new-corridors/


 

Quote

 

Amtrak unveils ‘Connects US’ map that suggests new corridors
By Bob Johnston | March 31, 2021

Release coincides with announced $80 billion over 8 years in President Biden’s American Jobs Plan, but will depend on legislative remedies from Congress

TRN_Amtrak_Plan_Map.jpg

Amtrak is proposing expanded operations, with new operations shown in light blue. (Amtrak)


WASHINGTON — Citing the need to finally attack a multi-billion dollar backlog of century-old Northeast Corridor bridge and tunnel replacements, Amtrak CEO Bill Flynn fololwed President Joe Biden’s American Jobs Plan announcement with the first outlines of a proposal that would jump-start expansion of state-supported intercity corridors with an infusion of upfront capital assistance.

“President Biden’s infrastructure plan is what this nation has been waiting for,” Flynn says in a statement, adding, “Amtrak must rebuild and improve the Northeast Corridor, our National Network and expand our service to more of America.” The wide-ranging $2 billion Biden plan includes $621 billion for transportation infrastructure, with $80 billion of that for passenger and freight rail.

Along with Flynn’s statement, the company released a “Amtrak Connects US” fact sheet and map, available here, that shows existing routes, including those with “enhanced service,” and suggests where new routes might be added as part of what Amtrak calls “Our 2035 Vision.”

The map is similar to one the company made available to advocacy organizations as it sought to garner support from states which might be interested in sponsoring short-distance corridors.

The outline claims there would be “up to 160 more communities served; multiple daily trips in 15 more states; up to 30+ potential new routes; and up to 20+ existing routes with more trips.” Details are not provided because all those proposed additions would require a buy-in by states, or groups of states, to make a long-term commitment to fund operations.

The map shows corridor extensions to Las Vegas, Nev., from California, and between Dallas and Houston, Texas — routes where private developers are nearing the construction phase for high speed projects. It does not indicate service on Florida’s Miami-Orlando Brightline route (while showing the existing Amtrak long-distance route between those cities), or acknowledge the effort in Montana to revive service on the North Coast Hiawatha’s former route. The map does show that the Sunset Limited’s route east of Mobile, Ala., to Jacksonville, Fla., is still “suspended.”

There are no details how state-Amtrak partnerships would be structured, but the fact sheet does make clear that Congress must act to supply “increased funding … to support operating and capital costs for new and improved corridor routes.”

It also makes clear that lawmakers must also facilitate “a streamlined and expeditious process for accessing freight lines and determining reasonable capacity improvements,” and help develop “new enforcement tools for Amtrak’s existing right to preference over freight trains to ensure our riders arrive on-time.”

Flynn concludes, “America needs a rail network that offers frequent, reliable, sustainable, and equitable train service. Now is our time; let’s make rail the solution.”

 

 

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Some of these lines seem more suited for some type of commuter rail (e.g. Cheyenne - Pueblo could be run by Denver RTD, Rockford could be run by Chicago Metra, Concord could be run by MBTA). Nice to see Allentown included, but I think it would be even better to have it extended down to Reading, Lancaster, and York). It would be nice to see the Scranton Line extended up to Binghamton or maybe even Syracuse.

For Ronkonkoma, what's interesting is I don't see this plan mentioned, for a connection to Connecticut. Not sure if the other one is a study that local officials are going to try to push Amtrak to implemented.

  • Upvote 1

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Posted (edited)
23 hours ago, checkmatechamp13 said:

For Ronkonkoma, what's interesting is I don't see this plan mentioned, for a connection to Connecticut. Not sure if the other one is a study that local officials are going to try to push Amtrak to implemented.

True, and the other thing that has me wondering is why they're not working on restoring the Sunset Limited to Florida; the service was reasonably popular- ridiculous that it's been held up by red tape for all these years. 

Edited by R10 2952

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.

Sign in to follow this  


×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.