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I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« on: October 03, 2007, 04:30:00 AM »
I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque



The New Mexico Rail Runner Express is a commuter rail system serving the metropolitan area of Albuquerque, New Mexico. It is administered by the New Mexico Department of Transportation (NMDOT) and the Mid Region Council of Governments (MRCOG), a regional government planning association.

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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #1 on: October 03, 2007, 09:56:46 AM »
What an amazing system.  I would love to see this exact concept implemented on the lines MetroJacksonville has proposed connecting Fernandina through Jax and on down to St. Augustine.  Phase II would then be a line connecting Green Cove Springs to Jax and then a spur form the airport to the mainline.

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« Reply #2 on: October 03, 2007, 10:23:29 AM »
The real reason for the new track down the interstate is the original Santa Fe, didn't serve "Santa Fe!" Well, at least not (EVER) on the mainline. The tracks curve Northeast of Albuquerque, to Lamy. Lamy is nothing but a Amtrak station, and some abandoned buildings. At this point the Santa Fe built a branchline with lots of curves straight up the mountain to the ancient pueblo City. Today, this branch is operated as the Santa Fe Southern Railroad. It still interchanges freight with the BNSF at Lamy. It also operates a tourist passenger train. About 1/2 way up the mountain, it ducks under the interstate. This is a point where it's climb is mostly complete and it straightens out for the final few miles into town. This is where the new railroad going down the interstate from Albuquerque will intersect the Santa Fe Southern track.

Future Rail Runners will leave from downtown Albuquerque on the former Santa Fe Mainline, a couple of miles up the route they will switch over to the new interstate highway route. Following the interstate highway, they will pick up the Santa Fe Southern. Then roll over the SFS into the old depot in downtown Santa Fe.
BNSF has announced a plan to stop using Raton Pass. Too high, too many curves and too much fuel to pull freight over it. They have a second mainline between Kansas and Belen, which runs across the plains of Western Oklahoma, Texas Panhandle, and East/Central New Mexico. The State bought the old Raton Pass route, because they have designs on Albuquerque - Las Vegas NM - Pueblo CO - Denver passenger train service. Expect them to use the California model, and Colorado and New Mexico will soar ahead of Florida.
There are also plans to use the line South of Belen, the old Santa Fe mainline to El Paso. I doubt they will see a penny of money from Texas, but New Mexico has been pulling off miracles. Maybe that is why it is called "The Land of Enchantment..." Hummmmm? Wonder if anyone there wants to swap for some acres in California?
 


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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #3 on: October 03, 2007, 10:48:09 AM »
<----- Jealous of Albuquerque

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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #4 on: October 08, 2007, 09:02:04 PM »
It seems some in New Mexico aren't so happy about the rail plans...


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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #5 on: October 08, 2007, 09:41:19 PM »
Yeah, I read that story this morning.  I kind of find it ironic that the road building industry is complaining about rail subsidies.  Spread the wealth...an efficient transportation system can't consist of roads alone.
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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #6 on: October 09, 2007, 07:28:39 AM »
We will always have those who will fight tooth and nail against rail projects. No matter how much evidence you throw at them. Lake is right, we cant build roads forever....Atlanta, Houston, L.A. are good examples of that.

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Enough JTA Roads Yet? Do We Need Rail?
« Reply #7 on: October 09, 2007, 11:53:38 PM »
C Johnson, Physicist, Physics Degree from Univ of Chicago, has published a paper stating that we have over 100,000 square miles of ASPHALT pavement in the USA. (This does NOT include the concrete pavement)
Anyone want to compare that figure with the square miles of the New England States? Someone brave out there just sit down and do the math. What you will find we have already paved far more then you imagined. Shall we go for BRT? (Build Roads Today?) How much more can Jacksonville take before the land mass sinks into a bleak black sea, cloaked in choking smog? DO THE MATH!


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Re: I'm smaller than Jax and I have Rail: Albuquerque
« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2007, 01:31:15 PM »
Well, the state of Florida covers approximately 58,677 Square Miles but 4,424 Square Miles is covered by water.  So that being said, the US could pave the entire state of Florida twice with asphalt.

Source: http://www.fhp.state.fl.us/html/floridafacts.html