Photo from the article:The Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) recently began construction on the 26 miles of railway between Portland and Brunswick, which will begin to accommodate Amtrak passenger trains as early as the first quarter of 2012.
In addition to the renovation of the rail beds, the MDOT also plans to construct two 400-foot passenger platforms in Brunswick and Freeport, the two new stops being added to Amtrak's expanded Downeaster route.
Union Station, are you presenting this at the Rails 'n Ales meeting tonight at the new Peloton Labs at Bramhall Square? I get the emails from this group but haven't been to a meeting before. I believe this is their website. The agenda tonight has a presentation about a tale of two cities (Portland and Portland).http://www.slideshare.net/newmediatransit/portland-me-or-presentation
Not sure if this link will post, but check out this presentation I've been working on about rail transit in the "two Portlands" (Maine and Oregon)...
I also found out about this design contest for envisioning a post-High Speed Rail America-While rail-based transit maps are very familiar in cities around the world, many cities, particularly in America, suffer from inadequate rail coverage. Even in a city like Boston, which is considered one of the better American transit cities, there are only 4 rail lines, but hundreds of bus lines. Buses are consistently treated differently than other rail-based transit, and the maps are almost always shown as overlays on road maps. To the left, you see an example of how Boston draws its bus maps. Since buses follow roads, the logic goes, maps should accurately represent these lines by showing them on top of those roads. (There are of course exceptions, as one sees clearly in the bottom right, where there are too many bus lines to show 1:1 with the road below.) So why do buses always get the road map treatment, while trains get the transit map treatment? What if we mentally changed how we thought about buses to the same model that we use when thinking about rail?
Some images from the presentation:Because costly improvements at the existing Thompson’s Point location are necessary to support growing passenger rail service, alternative sites also were identified and then evaluated to determine whether the existing location was the best place to invest for the future.
Sounds like a good move. Looking forward to hearing more.An interesting agenda item on the agenda of the City's Transportation, Sustainability & Energy Committee. It's just a one page document with the subject of: Recommendation to Create a Task Force to Discuss the Feasibility of a Streetcar. Sounds pretty neat, perhaps some members of this board would be interested in attending meetings if the public is invited.
Marshall is the man.An interesting agenda item on the agenda of the City's Transportation, Sustainability & Energy Committee. It's just a one page document with the subject of: Recommendation to Create a Task Force to Discuss the Feasibility of a Streetcar. Sounds pretty neat, perhaps some members of this board would be interested in attending meetings if the public is invited.