Monthly Archives: December 2011

The Rockaway Cutoff

When I went to an IRUM meeting nearly two years ago, the participants crowed about the possibility of restoring rail service on the Rockaway Cutoff. New York urban planner and technical activist David Krulewitch recently posted his proposal in a … Continue reading

Posted in Good/Interesting Studies, New York, Regional Rail, Studies, Transportation | 38 Comments

Quick Note: No More Track Maps

I regret to say that I’ve taken down the track maps by Rich E Green that I’d hosted, in accordance with requests by him and by his employer, to whom he sold the maps. This involves breaking past links; I … Continue reading

Posted in Personal/Admin, Regional Rail, Transportation | 8 Comments

What’s the Infrastructure’s Highest Value?

A piece of land and infrastructure may have multiple uses. Land might be needed for urban development or for a highway. A two-track structure might be needed for freight or passenger service. A right-of-way might be needed for multiple kinds … Continue reading

Posted in High-Speed Rail, New York, Providence, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit, Urbanism | 18 Comments

Regional Rail to Lower Manhattan

Staten Islanders’ desire for a subway connection got me thinking again about my previous proposal for a tunnel from Staten Island to Manhattan, possibly with a cross-platform connection to Brooklyn and New Jersey. From all points of view, it is … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 43 Comments

Megaregional Change

Just as transportation networks can create a new megaregion, so can they work to destroy one. Back in 1910, the golden age of manufacturing centralization, the US had a megaregion, namely the core formed by the quadrilateral whose vertices are … Continue reading

Posted in Urbanism | 5 Comments