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Is there a proposal, like the one above, for a New York, Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh,Youngstown,Cleveland, and Chicago?

 

Partially. There is one for New York-Pittsburgh......

 

On Track to Accessibility

Increasing Service of the Pennsylvanian:

Benefits and Costs

http://www.wpprrail.org/On%20Track%20to%20Accessibility%20Report%20and%20Cover%20Letter.pdf

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We need the Cleve-Pitt proposal too. Maybe then to Chicago? We need the whole NY-Philadelphia-Harrisburg-Pittsburgh- Youngstown-Cleveland toward Chicago. What about the ole Broadway Ltd. route? What would be a good routing?

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We need the Cleve-Pitt proposal too. Maybe then to Chicago? We need the whole NY-Philadelphia-Harrisburg-Pittsburgh- Youngstown-Cleveland toward Chicago. What about the ole Broadway Ltd. route? What would be a good routing?

 

If we can avoid CSX, that would be a good idea.

 

I posted this in another thread, but it might be good to post this tidied-up photo. I caught a 15-car Amtrak Lake Shore Limited running very late on July 4 past Greater Cleveland RTA's Triskett Red Line station on the city's west side. Track improvements in Indiana, including construction of a third-main track near Gary and Elkhart, have been causing major delays to Chicago-East Coast Amtrak services across Ohio. If you're riding this summer, contact Amtrak before leaving home for the station....

 

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Lorain County Commissioners weigh $9 million Amtrak project

Filed on January 21, 2015 by Brad Dicken

 

ELYRIA — The Lorain County Commissioners are leaning toward a $9 million proposal that would see Amtrak service to the city of Elyria returned to the old train depot.

 

County Administrator Jim Cordes said the county has cobbled together all but $500,000 in local match money for cover the cost of the project, which represent continued improvements at what has become known as the Lorain County Transportation Center.

 

The proposal would see the construction of a bridge over the double tracks at the site with stair an elevator access to the two platforms through three towers with stairs and elevators.

 

MORE:

http://chronicle.northcoastnow.com/2015/01/21/lorain-county-commissioners-weigh-9-million-amtrak-project/

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Better article from a better publication. Yep, Lorain County has two daily newspapers while Cuyahoga County has none....

 

Lorain County commissioners to move forward with Amtrak Station

By Adriana Cuevas, The Morning Journal

POSTED: 01/22/15, 12:01 AM EST | UPDATED: 10 SECS AGO 0 COMMENTS

 

Lorain County is $500,000 away from moving forward with the next phase of its longstanding Lorain County Transportation Center project.

 

During the Lorain County Commissioners meeting Jan. 21, Ken Allen, architect with Richard Bowen & Associates, unveiled the county’s approved bridge design plan for the Amtrak station.

 

The design, Allen explained, calls for the construction of a bridge that will allow riders to move in-and-out of the station while providing them with a lobby and access to the platforms by way of Americans with Disabilities Act compliant elevators and staircases on each end of the bridge.

 

MORE:

http://www.morningjournal.com/general-news/20150122/lorain-county-commissioners-to-move-forward-with-amtrak-station

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Published: Saturday, 4/25/2015

Official proposes putting bus, train stations in one centralized downtown Toledo transit hub

BY RYAN DUNN

BLADE STAFF WRITER

 

After reports of flexibility for the location of a new downtown Toledo Area Regional Transit Authority centralized bus terminal, one local official instead proposes the creation of a downtown transportation hub.

 

Jerry Wicks, a member of Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments’ Transit and Passenger Rail Committee, proposed in an email to the group’s general manager that TARTA establish a bus terminal at the Martin Luther King, Jr., Plaza Amtrak station at 415 Emerald Ave., off Broadway and near the Anthony Wayne Bridge.

 

Combined with Greyhound Lines relocating to the train terminal, this larger site would better serve residents than the proposed center at Jackson and Huron streets, he said.

 

Read more at http://www.toledoblade.com/local/2015/04/25/Official-Put-bus-train-stations-in-same-place.html#02hTtftakPtL9MYG.99

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The former Central Union Terminal was funded and built by the New York Central Railroad Co. (at the same time the city was building its competition Toledo Express Airport using general taxes) in 1950. The facility is now owned by the Toledo-Lucas County Port Authority (which also owns the airport nowadays) and has renamed it Martin Luther King Jr. Plaza.

 

Today, MLK Plaza is mostly offices, but also has an Amtrak station on the ground floor. Greyhound will relocate here later this year, using the front of the station below this overhead walkway as its bus loading/unloading area....

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The Greyhound ticket office will be on the other side of this wall....

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The station was busy when I was taking these pictures because it was Toledo's contribution to National Train Day -- the May anniversary of the Golden Spike ceremony to complete the nation's first transcontinental railroad. About 7,000-9,000 show up each year at Toledo's NTD event (it was May 2 this year):

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National Train Day includes equipment displays, such as these double-deck Superliners that are used on the Chicago-Cleveland-Washington DC Capitol Limited that travels east/west through Toledo each night:

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Toledo is the only station in Ohio that has multiple passenger tracks:

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However, only two of them are used. In this case, the Washington DC-Chicago Capitol Limited (left) and the New York City/Boston-Chicago Lake Shore Limited (right) were annulled at Toledo in the Fall of 2014 due to severe freight train congestion between Toledo and Chicago. A bus bridge using dozens of buses was used to shuttled hundreds of train passengers around the worst area of rail congestion. Major capital improvements and permanent detouring of some freight traffic has eased the congestion this year:

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What will this mean for TARTA transit and Amtrak passenger rail? Or will Brown be nothing but roads, roads, roads in a low-income metro that can't afford to be car-dependent?

 

State Rep. Tim Brown will lead Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments

BLADE STAFF Published on June 15, 2016 | Updated 10:24 p. m.

 

State. Rep. Tim Brown (R., Bowling Green) was chosen Wednesday to be president of the Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments, replacing Tony Reams, who is retiring.

 

The decision was unanimous by the TMACOG executive committee, said Craig Stough, chairman of the regional body’s board of trustees and mayor of Sylvania.

 

MORE:

http://www.toledoblade.com/Politics/2016/06/15/State-Rep-Tim-Brown-will-lead-Toledo-Metropolitan-Area-Council-of-Governments.html

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All Aboard Ohio has been pushing for this for 20 years...

 

Passenger rail platform project a go

http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2018/01/17/Passenger-rail-platform-project-a-go.html

 

I agree Ken.  This is a great project for the city and county, one that will combine intercity rail, Greyhound and LCT in one location.  And if I am mistaken, it will incorporate the old New York Central station house as well.

 

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All Aboard Ohio has been pushing for this for 20 years...

 

Passenger rail platform project a go

http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2018/01/17/Passenger-rail-platform-project-a-go.html

 

Quick question Ken:  Will the new Elyria platform be able to accept high speed rail, or higher speed rail?  Even though the 3C and Ohio Hub plans have been shelved, it would be smart to have a least one station ready to go, once the political climate changes.

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Quick question Ken:  Will the new Elyria platform be able to accept high speed rail, or higher speed rail?  Even though the 3C and Ohio Hub plans have been shelved, it would be smart to have a least one station ready to go, once the political climate changes.

 

It's a possibility because the station is designed to accommodate four tracks through it. There currently are only two main tracks through the station plus a little-used industrial siding track.

 

EDIT: BTW, the provision to allow for four tracks through the station was done at the urging of freight railroad Norfolk Southern. They urged the same thing 85 miles west on this same line, at the new McChord Road underpass on the west side of Toledo -- include enough space for four tracks. So if passenger-only tracks are desired, they may need to be done in addition to NS's four-track reservation.

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Yes, Norfolk Southern is a PITA to deal with on Amtrak stations. But others were able to move forward; Lorain County should too with its Elyria station. Why? Read: http://allaboardohio.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/LTE-ChronicleTelegram-090118.pdf Conjuring bathrooms/caretaker as an issue suggest another entity should sponsor this important project.

 

More than restrooms threaten Elyria train platform project

http://www.chroniclet.com/Local-News/2018/08/31/More-than-restrooms-threaten-Elyria-train-platform-project.html

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