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  •  Rail Proposals (5+ / 0-)

    As a regular commuter rail user and participant/advocate for increased railroading in the transportation mix, as well as a regular reader and participant in "Railroad.net" a forum for rail enthusiasts, I am more than willing to step up to the plate in assisting with developing policy proposals for improved passenger and freight railroads.

    The myriad benefits of rail vs auto, trucks and short haul airplane travel are too hard to pass up.

    Also check out the Midwest high speed rail website, it is chock full of good proposals for railroads and high speed passenger rail in particular. It also has some good bullet points emphasizing the advantages of trains.

    •  PLEASE ... PLEASE ... (1+ / 0-)
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      oldjohnbrown

      Bring in this expertise ... and, even, work this with railroad.net at the same time as DailyKos.  (Through Energize America's initial development, many of the diaries were posted in multiple blog environments to elicit inputs from diverse communities.)

      Personally, I felt we were well-intentioned re railroads but ... but ... but ... certainly know that that is one arena were I have no special knowledge/concepts.

      Thus, looking forward to your engagement -- check out my e-mail via my DailyKos homepage.

      Blogging regularly at Ecotality Blog for a Sustainable Future.

      by A Siegel on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 10:11:50 AM PST

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      •  Other sources (1+ / 0-)
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        oldjohnbrown

        Alan from Big Easy posts regularly on the Oil Drum, and has considerable rail expertise, particularly in light rail/interurbans and electrified rail. You may want to look him up on that site. He also has an article on the light rail website. Also see my diary

        here for more information and links on the advantages of trains.

        I'll certainly be in touch.

        By the way, I am not 100% in support of every single railroad improvement. IMHO, the DMandE coal train loan guarantee proposal stinks. Even the railroad unions are against it. I can think of far better things to expend 2.3 bn on (that would pay for all of the current proposed improvements to Metra, for one thing).

    •  rail "ferry" -a little geographically specific.. (1+ / 0-)
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      Bronx59

      Sitting in i95 traffic on more than one occaision, with thousands of trucks, next to Amtrak / Metro North tracks in connecticut, I wondered about the viability of a drive-on, drive-off rail ferry for trucks...
      originating on the NJ Tpke, bypassing the George Washington Bridge, the Cross Bronx Expressway, lower fairfield county (notoriously congested and backed up) and terminating in Bridgeport or the New Haven Terminal area.

      If the cost is the same as the few NJ Tpke tolls and GWB tolls avoided and the time on the rail ferry counted towards required rest periods, i thought there might be selling points for avoiding congestion.

      The maximum truck length equals or is less than the longest flatcars.  The drive-on/off train assembly yard consists of platforms and low tech hydraulically activated rail car stabilizers extending from the platforms.   Same is true for truck stabilization on the flatcars.

      for the enthusiast up on the Amtrak infrastructure, it might be worth exploring....
      Thousands of trucks drive the NJ Tpke up through CT every day.   it might be applicable in other areas as well...
      just wanted to put it "out there"

      It would all end so quickly if they were just impeached.

      by netguyct on Thu Feb 08, 2007 at 11:34:10 AM PST

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