Proposal before the Glenn A. Walsh
Transit Council: Telephone: 412-561-7876
Continued Use of Electronic Mail: < LRTrailyard@planetarium.cc >
Penn Station LRT Station Internet Web Site: < http://andrewcarnegie2.tripod.com/transit >
And Use of LRT Rail Yard 2005 June 22
Current plans for the “North Shore Connector” transit rail line extension project calls for the disconnection of the current Penn Station Rail line, from the yet-to-be-built Convention
Subway Line. When first built, Port Authority [PAT] ran shuttle service between
Penn Station and
the early 1990s, when this service was discontinued due to one of the general service cutbacks.
Since that time, PAT has operated two round-trips, during the weekday afternoon rush-hours, to and from the Light Rail Station at Penn Station. These are both 42S South Hills
trips which serve Penn Station,
only additional light rail service to Penn Station occurred, several years ago,
when the All-Star Baseball Game was played in
time, more than 15 years, no light rail vehicle has ever actually been placed in storage in a seven-track [five tracks and loop] rail car storage yard that exists just east of the LRT Station
at Penn Station. I propose the following:
1) Construction of the Convention Center Subway Line occurs in such a way as to ensure a continued rail connection to the Penn Station Line. Such construction could include
an easy connection between the Convention Center and the Penn Station Lines [for ease of transferring vehicles from the Convention Center to the rail car storage yard], in
addition to the continued direct rail
2) Once the Convention Center Subway Line is completed, and revenue service has begun, then, finally, LRVs could begin to be moved into and out of the rail car storage yard, for
the mid-day storage of light rail vehicles only needed for rush-hours—as originally envisioned by the designers of the Stage I Light Rail Transit System.
3) Since there will be regular scheduled subway service to the Convention Center [actually, the new Greyhound Station, across the street from Penn Station], there no longer has
to be scheduled service to the original LRT Station at Penn Station. However, the movement of rail cars into and out of the rail yard will mean that, for all intents and purposes,
there will be somewhat frequent rail service to the original LRT Station at Penn Station during the rush-hours [and, perhaps, a little service at other times of the day]. This will
provide riders of the East Busway, riders and employees of Amtrak, employees working at the PAT Police Station, employees of Norfolk-Southern, and tenants of the
Pennsylvanian apartments a more convenient rail service during the rush-hours.
PAT will claim that, physically, the connection between the Convention Center Subway Line and the Penn Station Rail Line cannot be maintained. I consider this just an excuse to
get rid of a 15-year-od embarrassment, the Penn Station Rail Yard, which they refuse to use. If a new tunnel can be built between the Convention Center and Steel Plaza, then some
way can be found to retain the connection between the Convention Center and Penn Station Lines.
will also claim that they cannot use the rail yard, due to switching problems
they built the rail yard anyway! This means that they felt that the switching problems could be worked-out satisfactorily, to allow the Port Authority to save money on electricity and
the wear-and-tear on vehicles with the mid-day storage of LRVs only needed during the rush hours.