Interesting anyway, but I think this is not the same project. This link is to the northside platform, plans here from 2007, and I hope completed a few years back. Leemell's original post above says the new center platform will replace the existing southside platform. So, Phase I and now Phase 2?
Anyway, a good location to doubletrack a stretch of mostly singletrack line. California has ambitions to muscle up the Surfliner service L.A.-Santa Barbara-San Luis Obispo. That will probably require many more such rebuilds to get the bottlenecks unclogged and the trains up to speed.
The Amtrak LD bonus will be faster times for the Coast Starlight. Maybe it can arrive L.A. before 9 p.m., to give a better connection to the Sunset Ltd, which departs at 10 p.m. And even a connection to a Surfliner giving an earlier arrival in San Diego (now 1:06 a.m.) and adding that huge market to the Starlight's catchment.
No, they changed the design to a center platform with a tunnel under tre tracks to access it. The first design was a platform addition to the north side. The double tracking from Raymer to Chatsworth is still awaiting a completed EIR. Metrolink offered a design that double tracked all but 1.5 miles, but the State Rail Bureau said no, it must be all of the tracks.
OK...I see in March 2017 Board of Directors Meeting document (Item 7 on Page 24; related is Item 8 on Page 30 to reimburse UPRR for relocating tracks in Gemco Yard to accomodate).
that Van Nuys would indeed be a center platform as you mention.
Curious though, you opened this discussion stating that contractor had started work. I ride that line twice a day on my commute and, although Metrolink has been performing tie replacement between Burbank and Bernson for a few weeks now, I haven't seen any sign of track (either MT 1 or 2) realignment. I ask because why replace ties prior to beginning the re-alignment. Is this tie replacment activity what you see as the Van Nuys platform project beginning?
Double track project - the "all but 1.5 miles" you mention...I'm guessing that is the track between Balboa Blvd and LIndley Avenue. Residential on both sides of the ROW.
Not disagreeing, just wondering and clarifying! Regardless of how it takes place, it is definitely needed! Thanks.
Edited by FrensicPic, 12 September 2017 - 09:52 PM.
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