When is the MTA going to finally put the new R211 train on the tracks?
They said that it was "coming soon" 2 years ago. What is the year the cars will be in use?
- MamiankaLv 74 weeks agoFavorite Answer
DH's cousin (retired) and his adult son both were/are electricians for MTA. They tell us that stuff is so old and broken (from the Fifties!!) that a lot of guys are afraid to touch it. Maintenance takes forever - and replacement is a fantasy. New shiny trains can only run as fast as the wiring and station conditions can allow. And the TRACKS????? Hideous. We have had Acela for over a decade - but there are almost NO tracks that support high-speed trains. Europeans look at our trains, like we look at the ones in rural India.
- duker918Lv 74 weeks ago
The same MTA that is 15 years behind schedule and something like $8 billion over budget for the east side access project? That MTA?
More than regional passenger rail is utterly impractical in the US except for certain limited corridors like the Acela corridor. As noted, the existingt infrastructure does not support high speed rail and the cost of building out the infrastructure is apparently not at all worth the return.
Rail freight is a much more practical, efficient and safer use of rail in the US, saving fuel and associated pollution that would otherwise be emitted from trucks. Pipelines are also generally safer for moving things like gas, etc than trucks or trains.
- cmac'mLv 51 month ago
Typical, they are over budget and past their time windows. They are supposed to put the R211 train in service over the next 2-4 years.
A bigger question is when will they overhaul the entire system which is out of date and horrible compared to other big cities. It's going to take another 50 years at this rate.