I think they can ... get the train rollin'
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#1 Jun 27, 2010
It would be helpful if the writer really knew about the Wassaic-GCT schedules. Hourly or less in rush hours (M-F; South in the morning, and North in the late afternoon); otherwise, and on weekends, about every two hours from too early in the morning until nidnight.
More importantly, how long it would take (never mind how much in the way of funding) to upgrade the line is problematic; and how much population there will be along the route is equally probleatic. And, most obviously, the Metro North Harlem line has been there for a very long time (it once ran through to Chatham,and connected with the Boston and Albany), but it ends at Wassaic because the political authorities, with their usual vision, have converted the northern end into a walking and cycling "path." And, perhaps most importantly, the Housatonic and Harlem River Valleys are not very far apart. There simply may not be enough population to provide the business to support two lines. But, delusions ultimately have a life of their own, completely separate fromreality!
#2 Jun 27, 2010
Put pener wite on it..
#3 Jun 28, 2010
based in no reality.
is this the result of a summer highball in Richmond?
Eagle Columnists are exposing themselves as mindless hacks who think typing is writing.
This "Column" is a joke.
#4 Jul 2, 2010
This private initiative could fill the pent-up demand for transportation alternatives for travel to NYC. Pittsfield is the logical Berkshire link for this effort since the Intermodal Center already has parking capabilities, and connects with the BRTA for car-less people.
The Peter Pan service to NYC is torture, ill-scheduled and very uncomfortable. The Wassaic connection is a long drive, if you have the car, and pointless if you don;t. The Amtrak situation with the Albany-Penn Station runs at the mercy of the always late long distance trains is not traveler-friendly.
Give the people good, fast, affordable service, and they will use it.
I might even start to visit New York on a regular basis again.
#5 Jul 6, 2010
To the individual who disparaged the cycling/walking path near Wassaic.....do you know that the railroad can take those paths back to create new RR tracks?? or that it might be possible to have a RR track near one of these hiking/biking trails. What a shame that towns like Great Barrington, Stockbridge, Lee, and Lenoxdale still have stations but no real trains. Why couldn't the state subsidize more east-west transit between Albany and Boston? I would love to be able to go to Boston for a weekend without have to drive or to Albany or Northampton for the evening without having to worry about the hour plus ride home.
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