Category Archives: Regional Rail

When Nationwide Electrification is Called For

Small, dense developed countries should electrify their entire national rail networks. Usually, railroads think in terms of electrifying lines, but this hides the systemwide benefits of transitioning the entire network to run under electricity. I have previously written about this … Continue reading

Posted in Israel, Regional Rail, Transportation | 24 Comments

Transit-Oriented Airports

There are recurrent discussions of how to best connect public transportation to airports; I, too, have made my comments both on how desirable such connections are and how to best build them. What I think is less discussed is how … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Regional Rail, Transportation | 33 Comments

Bergenline Avenue and New Hudson Tunnels

The main street of Hudson County from Jersey City north is Bergenline Avenue. It passes through the densest cities in the US (denser than New York, which is weighed down by outer-urban areas), and hosts frequent jitney service. Last decade, … Continue reading

Posted in Amtrak, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 68 Comments

Quick Note: MBTA Electrification

I’ve been thinking about MBTA modernization recently, and realized that although the principles underlying modernization are similar throughout North America, the concrete benefits and the resulting political alliances that could push for it are very different. In New York and … Continue reading

Posted in Politics and Society, Regional Rail, Transportation | 52 Comments

What Happened to the RPA?

Last month, New York’s Regional Plan Association published a report, Overlooked Boroughs, proposing various transit improvements in New York outside the Manhattan core to complement the existing Manhattan-centric subway network. I’ve been thinking for a while what to say about … Continue reading

Posted in New York, Regional Rail, Shoddy Studies, Studies, Transportation, Urban Transit | 23 Comments

The Wrong Kind of Branching

Transit lines branch. Core routes have more demand than outlying ones, so naturally trains and buses run on trunk lines in the core and then branch farther out, to match frequency to demand. I gave an overview of this years … Continue reading

Posted in Incompetence, New York, Regional Rail, Transportation, Urban Transit | 93 Comments

North-South Rail Link Diagram

In my post about large-diameter TBMs, I proposed using them to bore Boston’s North-South Rail Link. Like the official plan, this calls for two pairs of tracks, one feeding Back Bay and thence the Providence and Worcester Line and the … Continue reading

Posted in Regional Rail, Transportation | 22 Comments