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Old 01-15-2015, 03:24 PM
 
Location: Atlanta, GA
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Here is a scale map of all rail lines (HR, LR, RR) in the Philly Metro

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi.../SEPTA_map.png
Thanks. I honestly did not know Philadelphia was so expansive. That R5 seems like it's halfway to Harrisburg.
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Old 01-15-2015, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Cedar Park, TX
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That is awesome! I was just thinking the other day if there was some way of graphically comparing different transportation systems
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Old 01-15-2015, 04:15 PM
 
Location: The City
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Thanks. I honestly did not know Philadelphia was so expansive. That R5 seems like it's halfway to Harrisburg.
Yes exton is probably 40-45% the distance there but that area is till very much the philly burbs. There is actually the Keystone Amtrak line that runs from Harrisburg to NYC Penn - with stops at Exton, 30th Street Philly, Trenton, Metro Park NJ, Newark NJ, and NY Penn.

Believe it or not people use that (in PA is subsidized) as a commuter line to Philly from Harrisburg and I know people that commute from the western burbs of Philly into Manhattan on this line - crazy

I take the Acela for work meetings from 30th to NY Penn - its actually as short (many days) as driving to my office (which is only 14 miles (reverse commute from city to burbs). At 64 minutes from DT to DT is not bad, has free wifi, electic and work space making not bad at all - even a beverage car for an adult beverage every now and again at 100+ miles an hour
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Old 01-16-2015, 05:12 AM
 
Location: Montco PA
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Thanks. I honestly did not know Philadelphia was so expansive. That R5 seems like it's halfway to Harrisburg.
Believe it or not Philadelphia's regional rail system is very truncated vs. 35 years ago, when Fox Chase went to Newtown, Lansdale went to Bethlehem and even Allentown, Elwyn went to West Chester, and Norristown went to Reading and Pottsville. Efforts at restoration have been stymied by a multitude of factors (visionless state and local politicians, anti-SEPTA sentiment at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, poor planning by SEPTA itself, and, most importantly, insufficient funding).
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Old 01-18-2015, 05:40 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Believe it or not Philadelphia's regional rail system is very truncated vs. 35 years ago, when Fox Chase went to Newtown, Lansdale went to Bethlehem and even Allentown, Elwyn went to West Chester, and Norristown went to Reading and Pottsville. Efforts at restoration have been stymied by a multitude of factors (visionless state and local politicians, anti-SEPTA sentiment at the Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission, poor planning by SEPTA itself, and, most importantly, insufficient funding).
I agree. SEPTA regional rail ridership would probably double if they restored rail service back to those towns again. Personally I think it's well worth the investment.
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Old 01-18-2015, 06:08 PM
 
Location: University City, Philadelphia
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A streetcar passes by my house over 50 times a day: the #34 trolley (Baltimore Avenue Line).
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Old 01-20-2015, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Philly, PA
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I have to say even though SEPTA cut many services 30 years ago and was more extensive then....Still in today's time it is still extensive in away. Many of the Northeast commuter railroads are pretty much..but i think SEPTA cut back the most.
I do think restoration back to Allentown, Quakertown is a good idea.
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