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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-18-2018, 12:52 AM
Replies: 5,349
Views: 680,378
Posted By The EGE
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Very interesting that it busts the old myth that the Orange Line was named for Orange Street. That one was always a lot fishier than the fairly intuitive Harvard-->Crimson-->Red, Emerald...
Forum: Development Projects 08-01-2018, 07:55 PM
Replies: 1,110
Views: 285,294
Posted By The EGE
Re: Fenway Center (One Kenmore) | Turnpike PARCEL 7, Beacon Street | Fenway

So is the part over the platform in Phase 1 just an elevated walkway from Beacon Street to the existing pedestrian overpass at the station?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-24-2018, 05:58 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 1,202
Posted By The EGE
Re: Peabody/Danvers Branch Rail Proposal

Because the point is not merely to get Blue to Peabody. The point is to get Blue to Salem - a dense, walkable city with a number of bus routes.



Minor quibble with that - the quad-tracking...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-24-2018, 05:35 PM
Replies: 586
Views: 83,233
Posted By The EGE
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

Interesting idea about using Blue Line rolling stock. My guess is that the cost of modifying stock for fully automatic operation (which reduces the regular revenue fleet) plus heavier viaducts for...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-24-2018, 01:11 AM
Replies: 1,457
Views: 190,202
Posted By The EGE
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

It already exists! (https://www.town.winthrop.ma.us/ferry)
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-02-2018, 08:48 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 182,456
Posted By The EGE
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

There's a substantial difference between "buying a piece of land to make money from developing it" and "buying a piece of land to hold for ransom when the public needs it".
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-30-2018, 04:57 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 92,946
Posted By The EGE
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

The diesel bus was being used for peak-hour short turns because the wire at Benton Square had not yet been restored.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-29-2018, 12:12 AM
Replies: 581
Views: 92,946
Posted By The EGE
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

You recall incorrectly. At peak (as of the 2014 Bluebook), the 71 uses 9 vehicles, the 72 uses 2, and the 73 uses 11 plus one RAD, for a total of 25. The trackless fleet numbers 28, of which 2 are...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-12-2018, 05:37 PM
Replies: 1,242
Views: 189,327
Posted By The EGE
Re: North-South Rail Link

Providence, Fairmount, Worcester, and the entire northside are largely 2+ tracks. Most effectively single-track areas just need additional platforms on multi-track mainlines.*

*Easy projects to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-25-2018, 08:04 PM
Replies: 2,869
Views: 460,738
Posted By The EGE
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Even if Porter takes much longer, a one-stop extension past Union Square to Dane or Park would make a lot of sense and be very cheap. The Fitchburg Line ROW is quad-track-width the whole way, and...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-25-2018, 07:19 PM
Replies: 134
Views: 11,305
Posted By The EGE
Re: TransitMatters Regional Rail Plan

Yes, based on a conversation I just had with Ari, that's exactly the idea. And honestly, I love it.

It avoids the massive swamp trestle that the Army Corps of Engineers used to rack up the cost...
Forum: General 04-07-2018, 09:26 PM
Replies: 4,589
Views: 529,704
Posted By The EGE
Re: Open Thread

Oh dear, NUMTOT is leaking again. I'll get the mop.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-08-2018, 10:26 PM
Replies: 581
Views: 92,946
Posted By The EGE
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

The 28X wasn't just killed by "idiot politicians". It was announced by the state at a press conference without even talking to local politicians or community groups. Very obviously just a grab for...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 02-17-2018, 11:48 PM
Replies: 588
Views: 79,531
Posted By The EGE
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

BC + South Street + Chestnut Hill Ave (which would require new platforms) account for less than 2,000 daily riders - about 13% of B Branch ridership.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-14-2018, 04:49 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,217
Posted By The EGE
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

These are plug doors (the same style as on the Boeing LRVs and San Francisco's Bredas, but an improved mechanical design) that slide rather than fold. They're safer on the extremely narrow platforms...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 01-05-2018, 11:57 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,921
Posted By The EGE
Re: Red Line Extension to Mattapan

Not to get off-topic, but those actually were never designed to be part of a future extension, and for good reason. There's nowhere useful to go from there - west and you're just duplicating the Red...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 01-04-2018, 10:28 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,921
Posted By The EGE
Re: Red Line Extension to Mattapan

That's not necessarily true:


The Haymarket North Extension was built with the third track and other preparations...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 01-03-2018, 11:16 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 1,921
Posted By The EGE
Re: Red Line Extension to Mattapan

As they often did, BERy planned for the possibility of that extension. The line goes onto a 3% grade west of Milton station, which was purposely built...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-30-2017, 01:01 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 6,217
Posted By The EGE
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

Additionally, the Type 9s are (like the Type 8s) only partially low-floor. The T has committed to go 100% low-floor with all future light rail purchases.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-22-2017, 06:17 PM
Replies: 522
Views: 96,318
Posted By The EGE
Re: Fairmont Line Upgrade

Been a while since we had an update. Blue Hill Avenue station is well on its way - most of the platform is in place, as are the supports for the ramps.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-20-2017, 08:27 PM
Replies: 1,103
Views: 182,456
Posted By The EGE
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Three of the four were outside in the yard this afternoon:
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-19-2017, 12:28 PM
Replies: 2,869
Views: 460,738
Posted By The EGE
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

A little bit of self-promotion: my masters thesis (https://dspace.mit.edu/handle/1721.1/111263) (done with the MIT Transit Lab under contract to the MBTA) included an analysis of Type 10 options and...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-13-2017, 01:01 AM
Replies: 3,380
Views: 504,768
Posted By The EGE
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

We've had the ferry discussion so many times on here, and it always comes down to three basic problems: Most potential ferry docks are too long a walk from actual destinations...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-09-2017, 12:39 AM
Replies: 5,349
Views: 680,378
Posted By The EGE
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Here's a 2006 press release (https://www.mbta.com/news/1400) from when the policy was implemented. It does appear to be inbound only. I assume that is to allow ticket checks to take place on outbound...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-01-2017, 10:57 PM
Replies: 661
Views: 126,271
Posted By The EGE
Re: Seaport Transportation

With the Type 9s freed up by a Type 10 order? You could drop tracks, convert catenary to pantograph, install a maintenance facility, and buy a trailer to ship cars to Riverside when heavy work is...
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