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Posted by: Alco83 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 11:36am
U.S. Senators back restoration of Lackawanna Cut-Off
 
RailwayAge:  U.S. senators from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are vocally backing a 20-year effort to restore passenger rail service along the Lackawanna Cut-Off, a famed rail right-of-way that last saw active rail service in 1981. The Cut-Off this week received a “finding of no significant impact,” or FONSI, from the Environmental Protection Agency, clearing the way for the states to seek funding.
 
Recent media attention has focused on support from Pennsylvania’s two senators, Arlen Specter and Bob Casey (both Democrats), but any service introduction likely will begin in New Jersey, with New Jersey Transit extending its existing operations west of Port Morris, N.J.  New Jersey’s U.S. Senate contingent ,Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg (also both Democrats), have supported the line’s resumption for many years.
 
A relative newcomer is U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has voiced support for efforts to extend the Cut-Off project north of Scranton, Pa., across the state border to Binghamtom, N.Y, in New York State’s Southern Tier region.
 
For New Jersey, one factor driving the project is the potential loss of federal highway funds if the state fails to improve air quality under the Clean Air Act. Service on the Cut-Off route would offer a travel alternative to citizens in northwest New Jersey and northeastPennsylvania who now use Interstate 80 as the primary travel option.
 
Most involved with the project at present presume that NewJersey Transit would be the initial operator of any service, though some have argued that the tristate nature of the larger plan requires Amtrak to play an eventual role.
 
Lawrence Malski, chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Railroad Authority, said the project will be completed in phases to allow for lower funding requests. Though Malski and others suggest that the initial Pennsylvania service from Delaware Water Gap could be up and running in four years, many industry observers, citing the 20 years already logged by project proponents, say such a timetable is optimistic at best.
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 2:34pm
on Jun 9th, 2009, 11:36am, Alco83 wrote:       (Click here for original message)
U.S. Senators back restoration of Lackawanna Cut-Off
 
RailwayAge:  U.S. senators from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York are vocally backing a 20-year effort to restore passenger rail service along the Lackawanna Cut-Off, a famed rail right-of-way that last saw active rail service in 1981. The Cut-Off this week received a “finding of no significant impact,” or FONSI, from the Environmental Protection Agency, clearing the way for the states to seek funding.
 
Recent media attention has focused on support from Pennsylvania’s two senators, Arlen Specter and Bob Casey (both Democrats), but any service introduction likely will begin in New Jersey, with New Jersey Transit extending its existing operations west of Port Morris, N.J.  New Jersey’s U.S. Senate contingent ,Robert Menendez and Frank R. Lautenberg (also both Democrats), have supported the line’s resumption for many years.
 
A relative newcomer is U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.), who has voiced support for efforts to extend the Cut-Off project north of Scranton, Pa., across the state border to Binghamtom, N.Y, in New York State’s Southern Tier region.
 
For New Jersey, one factor driving the project is the potential loss of federal highway funds if the state fails to improve air quality under the Clean Air Act. Service on the Cut-Off route would offer a travel alternative to citizens in northwest New Jersey and northeastPennsylvania who now use Interstate 80 as the primary travel option.
 
Most involved with the project at present presume that NewJersey Transit would be the initial operator of any service, though some have argued that the tristate nature of the larger plan requires Amtrak to play an eventual role.
 
Lawrence Malski, chairman of the Northeast Pennsylvania Regional Railroad Authority, said the project will be completed in phases to allow for lower funding requests. Though Malski and others suggest that the initial Pennsylvania service from Delaware Water Gap could be up and running in four years, many industry observers, citing the 20 years already logged by project proponents, say such a timetable is optimistic at best.

 
 Does anyone know where it actually starts (in PA) and where it goes to (in NJ) I have tried to follow the tracks from where the Steamtown "Gap" train  ends. Any help would be great for all of us.  
Posted by: Espee9180 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 6:15pm
on Jun 9th, 2009, 2:34pm, SR4501 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 Does anyone know where it actually starts (in PA) and where it goes to (in NJ) I have tried to follow the tracks from where the Steamtown "Gap" train  ends. Any help would be great for all of us.  

 
 
Slateford Jct in PA is the start of the cutoff. The tracks diverged and climbed a embankment to reach the bridge across the river and now I-80. The cutoff continued in more or less arrow straight line through NJ. There's only one tunnel on the line, Roseville Tunnel. The route also goes across the Paulinskill Viaduct and the massive Pequest Fill. The line then connects to the main line at Port Morris, New Jersey.
 
The Garden State Model Railway Club website has info about the cutoff: Click Here For Lackawanna Cutoff: Then and Now
 
Here's a rough path of the cutoff in Google Earth with major roads shown: Click Here For Map
 
Hope this helps.  
Posted by: SouthBendModel34 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 6:19pm
Sounds great, but I think just about all of NJ's rail funding is going to be absorbed by the new Hudson tunnels project for the foreseeable future !!! (Any comments on that project do NOT belong in this thread, please, this thread is about the Cut-Off !)  
 
The idea of extending the service to Binghamton NY gets a third state "on board" the bandwagon.  It's too far to commute to NYC, though.  I can't think of any on-line points which would represent a destination for passengers from Binghamton. (Anyone else see something that I cannot see?)  
 
JRR
Posted by: SR4501 Posted on: Jun 9th, 2009, 9:39pm
on Jun 9th, 2009, 6:15pm, Espee9180 wrote:       (Click here for original message)

 
 
Slateford Jct in PA is the start of the cutoff. The tracks diverged and climbed a embankment to reach the bridge across the river and now I-80. The cutoff continued in more or less arrow straight line through NJ. There's only one tunnel on the line, Roseville Tunnel. The route also goes across the Paulinskill Viaduct and the massive Pequest Fill. The line then connects to the main line at Port Morris, New Jersey.
 
The Garden State Model Railway Club website has info about the cutoff: Click Here For Lackawanna Cutoff: Then and Now
 
Here's a rough path of the cutoff in Google Earth with major roads shown: Click Here For Map
 
Hope this helps.  

 
Thanks! Of course it does! Much appreciated!  
BTW.. nice avitar I have no idea who took that photo of you   Oh that's right it was me!  
Posted by: ARA18 Posted on: Jul 6th, 2011, 6:28pm
For those who are not aware, according to the July 2011 issue of Railpace Newsmagazine grading for the Cut-Off is currently underway between Port Morris and Andover (the first station on the Cut-Off). I don't know when a train will first run on this line.