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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    The GDC mentioned this past Friday that procurement is moving forward for the PNB project and utility relocation has begun for the final phase of the Hudsin Yards Concrere Casing. I'm sure that some of you still believe that tunnels should be built to a different location instead of the current...
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Maybe they think the acceleration would better... Also, if Amtrak does order EDMU trains from Siemens, where do you folks think the diesel engines would be located?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    And suppose Virginia asks for EDMU trains instead of dual-mode Chargers?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Are you then implying that Amtrak will go with diesel-catenary Charger Locomotives for dual-mode service?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Or, instead of going to Penn Station, what about building new tunnel to Hudson Yards, like what NYC did with the 7 train?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I wonder if Amtrak will order Venture Coaches in EMU form, and when the order will be placed.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Based on reading that document, I infer that Amtrak is going with one common trainset family, such as the Venture Coach made by Siemens, instead of a mixed fleet from several different companies. (If not the Venture Coach, than I predict that Amtrak will go with a family of trains made by Stadler).
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Does the fact that Amtrak used diesel locomotives for South of DC service make it more likely for Amtrak to order dual mode Charger locomotives?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    New hudson tunnels can be built to 14th street and 8th Avenue which can act as a convenient transfer station to the subway--which would also help offload Penn Station.
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Wouldn't a dual-mode Charger locomotive be heavier than a Sprinter, and thus would increase wear and tear on the tracks? Also, if Siemens for some reason is not bidding on the Amfleet replacement contract, would that make Alstom the front-runner?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    Does anyone else agree that it is more likely for Amtrak to buy diesel-catenary Charger locomotives instead of EDMU? I do worry, though, that the dual-mode Chargers might be too slow and heavy when it comes to acceleration. Also, does the fact that Alstom is building the new Acela Trainsets...
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Instead of extending the 7 train South, why not just connect the new NJ Transit tunnels from Hoboken to 14th street and 8th Avenue, where connections can be made to the A, C, E and L subways?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Which neighborhood do you think new trans-hudson tunnels should have been bores to?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    interesting but what would be your thoughts on tunneling from Hoboken Terminal to Houston street or 14th street in Manhattan instead?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    How likely is it for Amtrak to split the new Amfleet order between locomotive hauled trains and mu trainsets?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    If new trans-hudson tunnels were built to another location (instead of Penn Station), where would have been the best place to put them?
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    If new trans-hudson tunnels were built to a location other than Penn Station, how would that help Amtrak deal with service disruptions, such as a stalled train, near Penn Station?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    If you think that Siemens gets the entire order, how do you predict Amtrak will decide what kind of bi-mode equipment to order?
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    RFP issued for Amfleet I replacement

    I think it would be cool for Amtrak to choose Siemens for half of the new Amfleet contract and Alstom for multiple unit trainsets, such as for Keystone service. What do you folks think? Also, I still believe that the most difficult decision for Amtrak will be to decide how to proceed with...
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    Gateway Project/NYP Capacity Improvement

    Does anyone else think a different terminal tunnel alignment and station should have been chosen instead of Penn Station?
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