Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pittsburgh to Harrisburg Electrification

Mr. Joseph R. Marchinchin recently  published in the October 2013 issue of TRAINS Magazine an article entitled "Conrail's Electric Dreams." Mr. Marchinchin described the findings of an electrification study done in 1978. Estimated costs in current dollars for catenary, substations, communications, signal systems, civil reconstruction, design and engineering, construction management is $2,184,210 a mile.

A comparison cost estimate by the University of Pennsylvania's School of Design was published in a 2010  report entitled, "Making High-Speed Rail Work in the Northeast Megaregion - Shaping the Future Through Strategic Transportation Investments." The per mile cost estimate was $2,580,484 for electrification.

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