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LAX Union Station a first step

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LAX Union Station a first step
Posted by blue streak 1 on Friday, February 10, 2017 8:23 PM

The CA HSR authority has approval to purchase two parcels for the LAUS run thru tracks.  Just a very small step but who knows ?  Anyone with a map of acquisition ?

http://www.latimes.com/local/california/la-me-bullet-land-20170210-story.html

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Posted by mvs on Saturday, February 11, 2017 4:27 PM

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The CA HSR authority has approval to purchase two parcels for the LAUS run thru tracks.  Just a very small step but who knows ?

In my opinion, the California High Speed Rail project has been a catastrophic waste of taxpayer resources.  That said, the idea of creating run-through tracks at LA Union Station will definitely benefit existing Amtrak and Metrolink service.

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Monday, March 06, 2017 11:46 AM

After seeing so many image renderings of the Trainset, Is it me or does the "Fly California" train look like a repained Eurostar or TGV?

The single window on the front kinda gives it away.

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Posted by NorthWest on Monday, March 06, 2017 11:50 AM

It's an Alstom TGV Duplex power car. "Fly California" is a terrible brand name. 

The mock-up in CSRM is of the Siemens Valero family, with a different white-and-mint-green paint scheme.

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Posted by 081552 on Monday, March 06, 2017 1:59 PM

Here's probably more information then you want to know from Metro's Blog The Source.

http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/02/22/metro-board-to-vote-on-link-us-union-station-run-through-tracks/

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Posted by blue streak 1 on Monday, March 06, 2017 8:51 PM

http://la.streetsblog.org/2017/02/22/metro-board-to-vote-on-link-us-union-station-run-through-tracks/

Interesting concept.  Most eye opener is the plan to raise all tracks 15 feet. That should enable much better  The one problem that Amtrak has had is the inability to transfer passenger easily from the lounge to trains.  Took a 15 minute delay waiting for a gold line train to clear for the red caps and baggage carts  to take bags & passengers to trains.

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Posted by mvs on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:47 PM

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Interesting concept.  Most eye opener is the plan to raise all tracks 15 feet. That should enable much better  The one problem that Amtrak has had is the inability to transfer passenger easily from the lounge to trains.  Took a 15 minute delay waiting for a gold line train to clear for the red caps and baggage carts  to take bags & passengers to trains.

Why couldn't the red cap/baggage cart just take the tunnel under all the tracks?  I didn't know that the red cap/baggage cart had to traverse the "at-grade crossing" that exists with the Gold Line.

I still think that LAUPT doesn't need to be remade into something fancy; it just needs several of the tracks to be "run-through tracks" like what was proposed 10-15 (?) years ago.

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Posted by Deggesty on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 3:56 PM

The last time I was In Los Angeles (last fall), a redcap took me, on a cart, down the ramp and through the tunnel to where I could take a taxi. When I was leaving, I walked down the ramp from the lounge right to #2/22 (of course, this was late at night and there was not much other train traffic.

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Posted by ATSFGuy on Tuesday, March 07, 2017 7:49 PM

I just heard President Trump is attempting to block a $637 million dollar grant to pay for electryfing a Bay Area train route. That means Caltrain has to hang on to those F40PH CAT's and MP36PH-C's for the time being, but Gov Jerry Brown's CHSR project gets hit as well.

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