This post got started by my wondering about how the 3-C+D route would go between Cinci & Dayton. I pulled this railroad map from the OKI website and saw there are multiple lines running through here, CSX (purple) and Norfolk Southern (green).
I known there is already an Amtrak line running between Hamilton and Cincy, so presumably the Midwest network would be following this route from Chicago and Indy. So I figure the 3-C would too, using the CSX line between Cincy and Dayton, via Hamilton.
I also noticed that left the NS lines to Hamilton and north to Dayton. Thinking about KJPs running Peak Oil series and that Cincinnti-Dayton Metroplex thread…. and knowing development patterns are favoring the I-75 intersections (as well as that upper Mill Creek Valley area between Tri-County Mall and Hamilton, including Union Center, which has extensive commercial development),…I wondered what the alternative to 100% car dependence could be.
I decided to speculate on what a commuter rail line would look like in Warren and Butler counties, as the start of an alternative transportation system to supplement the car as gas becomes more scarce and expensive.
I show two lines; one to Hamilton, serving the industrial area between Union Center and Hamilton, and another running north to Middletown and Carlisle (and eventually to Dayton). I put stations near areas were there is some development, like near Union Center, Tylersville Road, two stations in Middletown, and a station in Carlisle.
The idea would be a frequent service possibly using a modern railcar as equipment. But the northern stations are somewhat remote from the development at the I-75 interchanges north of Tylersville Road.
So the concept is to used a bus system to connect the interchanges with the stations
There would be some sort of circulator/feeder system between Hamilton and the industrial /commercial development north of Route 4 to Union Center and Westchester, and lines extending out to nearby places like Trenton and Springboro and Otterbein and Mason, which could act as shuttle routes between shopping and office complexes at the interchanges.
But also development could be intensified/densified at the stations, particulary the southern ones
And alternative would be the “transit down the median” concept, running a German-style S-Bahn between Cincy and Dayton down the middle of I-75 (when theres enough median strip for it), with feeders and circulators connecting with the stations at the interchanges. If you really wanted to go for broke youd put in a PRT people-mover between interchange stations and things like the offices and hospital at the Tylersville Road exit.
Just playing around with the idea of a regional transit concept here. I sort of like the logic behind the S-Bahn concept as its more relevant to the linear development, where you’d be traveling between development nodes/stations on I-75 rather than the more remote Norfolk Southern line to the west. The cost would be astronomical, though. Of course in a fuel crisis there might not be an alternative to doing something that’s almost science-fiction.