Amtrak Upgrading East River Tunnel Repair Plans

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Amtrak is rolling out a plan to improve conditions in its century-old East River Tunnels that have caused delays for Long Island Rail Road trains recently, repeatedly snarling rush hour for commuters.The plan involves overhauling the existing track inspection program, implementing a new fix-it-first policy that will prioritize upgrading the aging infrastructure before it breaks down and replacing old “jointed rail” segments prone to failure—a type of track blamed for last week’s tunnel snafu.“These tunnels are the weakest link in the commute of hundreds of thousands of Long Islanders, and by bringing them up to a state of good repair we’ll reduce the frequency of the maddening delays, reroutes and cancellations that currently happen far too often,” U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-NY) said.Schumer, who met with Amtrak Board of Directors Chairman Anthony Coscia to discuss the issues, said the goal is to improve the tunnels’ state over the next three to five years, allowing for more reliable service in and out of Penn Station.The plan was unveiled was Amtrak is in the middle of a four-year-long track replacement and drainage system upgrade project in the four tunnels. That project is advancing simultaneously with the East Side Access project that is expected to bring LIRR service to Grand Central Terminal beginning in 2019.Schumer is also urging that New York State Sen. Chuck Fuschillo (R-Merrick), chairman of the transportation committee, be appointed to Amtrak’s Board of Directors to look out for the interests of Long Islanders.“We look forward to working together with [Schumer] to assist in the continued advancement of these plans which will ultimately improve the overall reliability of our respective operations at the nation’s largest transit hub,” Amtrak said.last_img read more

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EIAC All-Sports 2012

first_imgA big thank you to Mark Ferguson, athletic director at Batesville High School, for providing me with final statistics for last year’s EIAC.  There definitely is a pattern with both the boys and girls standings.  East Central and Batesville dominated the EIAC.  East Central was first in the boys and Batesville was first in the girls.  Overall, East Central was first, Batesville was second, and Greensburg was third.  On the flip side, the Lawrenceburg athletes were overwhelmed by the other EIAC teams.  Only Franklin County girls challenged them for ineptness.  In 9 sports the Lawrenceburg boys averaged a 5th place finish out of 6 teams and the Franklin County girls averaged a dismal 6th.  If it weren’t for girls’ golf, Franklin County girls might have set an all-time low in the conference rankings.  Overall, the statistics show that East Central, Batesville, and Greensburg are the “haves” and South Dearborn, Franklin County, and Lawrenceburg are the “have nots”.  It will be interesting to see, with the addition of Rushville and Connersville, how the 2013-14 statistics compare.  I would predict that Connersville will join the top half and Rushville will line up in the lower half.  Rushville’s enrollment has dwindled so much in the last few years that they are having trouble fielding competitive squads in some of their sports.  In another article, I will talk about some individual sports.  For example, East Central boys have never lost a swimming title until last year.  Look for more to come!last_img read more

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