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I was trying to find an image of what the new connecticut river bridge was going to look like and this is all I could find. The new span in the center is a bascule truss, meant to invoke the historical bridge.



https://ctexaminer.com/wp-content/u...rcally_Compatible_Design_Assessment_Final.pdf

Also heres what the susqehanna river rail bridge is proposed to look like, another network tied arch just like the portal bridges. No more movable bridge span.


https://www.progressiverailroading....-Susquehanna-River-Rail-Bridge-project--68021

Heres the portal north bridge in nj. Its being built with a higher clearance so no more need for a swing span here either.

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hills...ridge-project-moves-closer-to-federal-funding

And eventually at full build out will have portal bridges north and south. Tied arches everywhere.

https://sjheng.com/ProjectDetailsNew.aspx?Id=109
 
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I was trying to find an image of what the new connecticut river bridge was going to look like and this is all I could find. The new span in the center is a bascule truss, meant to invoke the historical bridge.



https://ctexaminer.com/wp-content/u...rcally_Compatible_Design_Assessment_Final.pdf
The difference is that the new bascule will open/close much faster than the old. The sluggish rate that the current span moves was the big reason for it being such a traffic chokepoint.


Also heres what the susqehanna river rail bridge is proposed to look like, another network tied arch just like the portal bridges. No more movable bridge span.


https://www.progressiverailroading....-Susquehanna-River-Rail-Bridge-project--68021

Heres the portal north bridge in nj. Its being built with a higher clearance so no more need for a swing span here either.

https://www.tapinto.net/towns/hills...ridge-project-moves-closer-to-federal-funding
With those two taken care of there'll functionally be no more moving spans anywhere from D.C. to NYC. Dock Lift in NJ will be the last one, but that one has opened only twice in the last 18 years for maritime traffic, requires 24-hour notice to Amtrak for any scheduled openings, and is temporarily closed to maritime openings until its lift mechanism is rehabilitated (if they even bother to rehab it).
 
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Just a generic question on high speed rail in the US. I know there’s a lot of projects across the country that are always being studied, but little is being done. Is there any effort to prioritize building out HSR in areas that are connected to the current Acela line? For example, along the Keystone or Empire Corridors?

While I can appreciate the political impetus to spread funds around to as many different congressional districts as possible, it seems to me that the best bang-for-our-buck by expanding out where there actually is existing HSR. This instinct seems reinforced by the map on wikipedia of the federal funding of different HSR projects, and how much cheaper the ones in the Northeast are.

 

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Just a generic question on high speed rail in the US. I know there’s a lot of projects across the country that are always being studied, but little is being done. Is there any effort to prioritize building out HSR in areas that are connected to the current Acela line? For example, along the Keystone or Empire Corridors?

While I can appreciate the political impetus to spread funds around to as many different congressional districts as possible, it seems to me that the best bang-for-our-buck by expanding out where there actually is existing HSR. This instinct seems reinforced by the map on wikipedia of the federal funding of different HSR projects, and how much cheaper the ones in the Northeast are.

I guess the real question would be: is there ridership to merit HSR - even the fake/half assed HSR that we see on the NEC? I think the resounding answer is: no, it wouldn't make sense and any money spent going to class 8 (or even 7) track would be better spent upgrading the actual NEC. I could only see HSR expansion if it went some where, which at reasonable distances would be Toronto or Montreal. Maybe Chicago from DC, but, ~700 miles is really pushing the theoretical best distance for real HSR. Otherwise both the Keystone and Empire corridors are rather dead ends, and HSR demands city pairings.
 

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