News Wire: Connecticut, Amtrak spar over blame in delays for new commuter service

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Posted by Brian Schmidt on Monday, April 09, 2018 10:24 AM

HARTFORD, Conn. — Connecticut’s Department of Transportation and Amtrak are sparring over who is at fault for problems that are likely to delay the debut of the Hartford Line commuter service between New Haven, Conn., and Springfield, Mas...

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 12:11 AM

Wonder if Amtrak and CT could not agree on who pays for the additional CAT ?  It would appear that most additional CAT would benefit only Shore line east trains but a detailed analysis of how Amtrak trains would pass SLE trains is for some poster more in the  know.   

Next is the rolling stock issue.  MNRR claims all their M-8s are needed west of New haven but have to wonder.  Any one remember the scheduled delivery dates of the additional cars ?

Refurbishing MBTA equipment seems now to be a folly.  Further MBTA gets a free ride on operational needed at end of lease period.  Follow the money on this contract ?  

Until ridership proves substantial to justify electrification that cross will not be borne for several years.  haope Amtrak made provisions or even placed markers for support poles for the CAT.

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