Thought-Provoking Dialogues re Future of Rail

Your intrepid reporter participated in not one live Q&A with ARUP (@ArupGroup) yesterday on Twitter (#FOR2050) — she participated in BOTH.

Arup chat

They were lively, informative, and international, and I’m pleased my questions were retweeted. Participants asked about constrained resources, cost of growing and maintaining rail, urban logistics and environmental constraints, how rail can accept cycling, WiFi on rail, challenges to the industry, where and how young engineering students can learn more, destination stations/multifunctional hubs, skills needed in the field, and funding.

I asked:

Question: What will the rail replace, and how to ensure uninterrupted service during the transition from former system to rail?
ARUP reply: We’d anticipate existing systems to be refurbished and new systems to be installed from day 1 with the latest tech (CS).

Question: How to add rail to a bridge, i.e., the NNYB in NYS (rail to be added later) without closing it or disrupting traffic?
ARUP reply: Depends on the site specifics. Innovative solutions and new materials could help solve this problem (CS).

Question: How will future rail protect infrastructure, while improving transit for commuters and commerce?
ARUP reply: The design (& retrofit in some cases) of infrastructure will take into account future risk and protection needs (CS).

To view both Q&As, held at 12 noon BST, and at 5 p.m. BST, see hashtag #FOR2050.

A technical advisory team of ARUP professionals worked with the Mass Transit Task Force from December 2013 to January 2014, researching past corridor planning efforts, evaluating regional travel needs, providing comparative reviews of other transit system around the United States and world, assessing potential transit modes, and conducting various transit and traffic analyses to test the group’s proposals for the New NY Bridge.

While the task force recommendations do not preclude future light rail or commuter rail, neither is included in short-term and mid-term plans due to costs and time needed to implement them.

Additional posts about ARUP, the task force meetings, and transit on the new bridge can be found via this website.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2014

2 comments so far

  1. The Nothing Expert on

    So sorry I didn’t tune in to the session. I can learn much from you.

    Liked by 1 person

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