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Old Posted Feb 2, 2023, 7:23 PM
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Can you imagine any country, outside of India maybe, that would propose a new rail service using 60+ year old equipment? Now that they have the FRA waiver couldn't they buy some second hand 80s/90s DMU Sprinter's for like the price of scrap? On what planet is operating something that old in regular service energy efficient?
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Old Posted Feb 2, 2023, 10:21 PM
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I'm guessing that is a trial to see if it makes any sense to introduce a third (or fourth) trainset into daily Downeaster service.

The current timetable for the Downeaster looks like they have two trains operating each day with a 1-hour layover at the two termini.

What's ridiculous about all of this is that the entire state of Maine has a population of 1.37 million, yet the anti-train people in Ohio don't think that a state of 11.78 million can support 5 trains per day between its three major cities.
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2023, 1:20 PM
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I haven't seen any indication that MARC is going electric - if anything, they are abandoning their electric locos and running diesel under wire on the Penn Line.

Supposedly Amtrak charges too much for electricity to commuter operators, but this only seems to affect MARC and MBTA, but not SEPTA/NJT/LIRR/MNRR, all of which use Amtrak's traction system to some extent.
https://www.masstransitmag.com/rail/...erick-douglass

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MDOT and Amtrak have agreed on a phased implementation approach for the tunnels with all MARC Penn Line and Amtrak trains initially using the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel, but two additional tunnel tubes could be designed to accommodate freight trains in the future. Maryland Transportation Secretary Slater says MDOT will electrify its MARC commuter trains through the new Frederick Douglass Tunnel to support this plan.
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Old Posted Feb 3, 2023, 1:47 PM
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Speaking of MARC, the Maryland Transit Administration is offering free rides tomorrow on MARC, local buses, and Baltimore's light rail in honor of Rosa Parks' birthday.

MDOT MTA Commemorates the Birthday of Rosa Parks and Transit Equity Day with Free Rides on Saturday, February 4

"BALTIMORE, MD (February 2, 2023) – The Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) will celebrate the life and legacy of Rosa Parks on Saturday, February 4 – Transit Equity Day – with free rides on all service, including Local Bus, Light Rail, Metro Subway, MARC Train, Mobility and, where operating, Commuter Bus. Transit Equity Day is observed annually nationwide on the birthday of Ms. Parks, an iconic figure in the Civil Rights era who refused to give up her seat on a segregated Montgomery, Ala., public transit bus and was arrested in 1955.

“We are proud to celebrate the courage of Rosa Parks and to demonstrate our commitment to equity in public transportation as a core value of MDOT MTA every day of the year,” MDOT MTA Administrator Holly Arnold said. “The freedom for all of us to get around easily and efficiently is fundamental to our personal wellbeing and our success as a region..."

https://www.mta.maryland.gov/article...Select=Spanish
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What's ridiculous about all of this is that the entire state of Maine has a population of 1.37 million, yet the anti-train people in Ohio don't think that a state of 11.78 million can support 5 trains per day between its three major cities.
I mean, ridership depends on more than just population, right?

It's possible that Maine's population centers are more economically-linked, have better feeder transit, etc.
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