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  1. TransitTyrant

    Siemens Caltrans/IDOT Venture design, engineering, testing and delivery (2Q 2024)

    I believe CN is satisfied now, just waiting for FRA approval to install the shunting antenna.
  2. TransitTyrant

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    Adding a whole other train consist plus the crew needed to staff it would be an extremely expensive endeavor. If it really becomes an issue WisDOT can push Amtrak to add more coaches to the train.
  3. TransitTyrant

    Siemens Caltrans/IDOT Venture design, engineering, testing and delivery (2Q 2024)

    One Hiawatha set will be made up of WisDOT owned Ventures while the other set will be the cars shared between the states. As for delivery. I believe mid 2025 is when they arrive, they were ordered after the original Venture order but before the Airos.
  4. TransitTyrant

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    Cutting cars adds too much time to the schedule. The goal should be to get this train as fast as possible to make it more competitive with cars. Adding more service is something that’s already being studied.
  5. TransitTyrant

    Siemens Caltrans/IDOT Venture design, engineering, testing and delivery (2Q 2024)

    Yes WisDOT ordered 6 coaches and 3 cab cars.
  6. TransitTyrant

    Chicago - St. Louis Lincoln Corridor to begin higher speed running

    Metra is already preparing for the Amtrak relocation to the Rock Island lines tracks. They’re in the process of applying for grant money for said work. It’s a matter of if but when, Amtrak running daily over the HC is on borrowed time.
  7. TransitTyrant

    Chicago - St. Louis Lincoln Corridor to begin higher speed running

    There are absolutely zero plans on moving the Lincoln Service anywhere between Joliet and Alton. What’s being discussed is that last few 20-30 miles into the terminals. Dwight will not lose service and will likely see more in the coming years.
  8. TransitTyrant

    Chicago - St. Louis Lincoln Corridor to begin higher speed running

    It’s a bad route that will require too much money to make right. Plus CN treats it like a single track line due to all the local switch jobs they have. The RI is a publicly owned stretch with minimal freight interference.
  9. TransitTyrant

    Chicago - St. Louis Lincoln Corridor to begin higher speed running

    The FRA already issued a record of decision saying no federal money will be given to improving the HC for Amtrak. It’s Rock Island or bust.
  10. TransitTyrant

    Chicago - St. Louis Lincoln Corridor to begin higher speed running

    All running over 110mph requires essentially the elimination of grade crossings. Likely a new build HSR corridor could be built alongside much of the current ROW but the connections into St Louis and Chicago must be remedied.
  11. TransitTyrant

    Midwest Venture discussion 2023 Q3 -2024

    The consist was damaged by a downed tree a few days ago.
  12. TransitTyrant

    Tracking FY 2024 Ridership and Finances

    Gonna be tough for the Wolverine to break 2019 levels when they keep cancelling 2 of the runs in the summer.
  13. TransitTyrant

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    The funny thing about that whole saga is the Glenview siding CP asked IDOT to build for them will be built anyway, now on CPKC’s dime. There’s still supposedly some capacity upgrades that will take place on the Illinois side but IDOT isn’t as open about details compared with their counterparts...
  14. TransitTyrant

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    Minnesota has mentioned joining the Midwest equipment pool which would mean they’d acquire their own Charger locomotives and Venture cars. When that happens is anyone’s guess.
  15. TransitTyrant

    St. Paul, Milwaukee, Chicago (TCMC) second daily service

    The runs the Borealis is replacing aren’t even the busiest on the route plus I believe once the airport station is completed it will allow for the 8th RT total to start.
  16. TransitTyrant

    The track circuit triggering issue (CN, Amtrak)

    Amtrak has requested a waiver from the FRA for installation of equipment to improve the shunting of track circuits. Once installed the axle and Superliner only requirements should be lifted on trains. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/04/19/2024-08365/petition-for-waiver-of-compliance
  17. TransitTyrant

    Atlantic Coast (Silver/Palmetto/Carolinian) Service discussion Q4 2023 - 2024

    Not really related to this discussion but Amtrak applied for a waiver from the FRA to install antenna on their locomotives to properly shunt crossing signals. https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2024/04/19/2024-08365/petition-for-waiver-of-compliance
  18. TransitTyrant

    Chicago Metra Electric District (MED) speed increases?

    Metra Electric no, SSL east of Kensington is certainly on the table and being discussed. Since that EIS the SSL has completely double tracked their line and raised the speed in places.
  19. TransitTyrant

    Chicago Union Station track rearrangement plans

    I’ve heard similar but they always seem to place more emphasis on the single level Midwest trains. Likely the LSL/Cardinal would use them too.
  20. TransitTyrant

    Chicago Union Station track rearrangement plans

    The grant for the mail platforms doesn’t even mention Metra. There’s two grants awarded, both included platform modifications. The baggage platforms will be modified for Metra use while the Mail platforms are for Amtrak Midwest trains. Rebuilding the Mail platforms to low level is just...
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