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$7 billion....must be some premium grade pork in there. I like the part where the stations many users may be asked to foot part of the cost. Renovate the station but $7 billion??
The Trump Tower with 2.6M square feet is estimated to have cost $847 million. Millennium Tower in San Francisco 58 stories, 1.1M square feet estimated cost $350 million. Track costs $1-2 million a mile to lay? Build a new office tower, say 50-100 miles of track, throw in that much more for cantenary and power distribution. You still can't get close to $7 billion.
The govt. must be involved. Only the politicians can come up with that kind of waste!
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Amtrak needs new rolling stock equipment first. Shouldn't cost millions, as it has, for the smaller stations unless it has intermodal connections or is a total transportation center. An Amshack is fine, as long as there is increased train frequency.
This project is a pie-in-the-sky for the year 2020 and beyond.
Washington Station Redevelopment
Well, dreams are all well and good. Glad they're looking out into the future in terms of capacity loads.
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