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Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 02:10 PM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

London's are modally classified as a water taxi in that the routes make multiple stops (hence their route map being designated as "Water Bus"). Ferries by dictionary definition only ping between two...
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 11:51 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

You also *must* hit Kenmore in order to go anywhere further, because being able to bang a right from Brookline Ave. under the Pike/B&A is how any Allston or D-Line swallowing trajectory becomes...
Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 11:31 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Yes. The movable spans also haven't been maintained as movable in 20 years.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 08:23 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Track 4's claimed by Amtrak for expansion Forest Hills to Readville, so this one's officially physically impossible. There's no way anything works with NEC traffic growth if that 4th track isn't...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 08:10 AM
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Views: 254,768
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Yes. There's only 2 passenger electric loco makes that are in-service and still available-for-new-sale on the continent right now: Siemens Sprinter ACS-64, and Bombardier ALP-46A. Amtrak has a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure Yesterday, 07:57 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

The NEC is largely immune from this because Amtrak is the track maintainer and uses its federal status to clear the trees a wide swath from the ROW. There's also miles and miles of grassy...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-22-2019, 07:18 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Parts of the Harbor do, though less so where there's big shipping traffic. Hingham ferry fares pretty well in part because it sticks to a lot of major shipping lanes, while some of the Harbor Island...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-22-2019, 07:12 AM
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Views: 254,768
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Beware that the electric infrastructure is not set up for even a significant portion of the Providence schedule to run electric, so when they say "trial" they mean like no more than 2 or 3 short-term...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-21-2019, 06:36 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

A winter full of daily freeze-thaw cycle is murder on sliding door mechanisms. Always has been, though the weighting towards older-than-dirt cars makes it stick out more than usual nowadays. This...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-18-2019, 07:44 PM
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Views: 123,140
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

That quote gets taken waaaaaaaaaay out-of-context. They will still need to procure diesel-hybrid buses into the future for longer-haul routes that don't fit comfortably in the charging range of...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-18-2019, 06:41 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,860
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

That post was exactly 1 month ago. There are CAF techs doing ride-alongs all day weeding out little quirks that'll only show themselves under hundreds of hours of real-life usage conditions.


I...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-18-2019, 06:19 PM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Test track was going to eat the CR track out to some midpoint between Oak Grove and Wyoming Hill, with the short CR platforms at MC & OG going Orange. I don't know what the actual service patterns...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-18-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 79
Views: 15,860
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Green Line Type 10 Procurement

Per NETransit, Type 9 3901 finally accepted into service. You now have a much better chance of seeing them in the wild any hour of the day with two revenue cars being able to run in a pair, instead...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-18-2019, 07:01 AM
Replies: 1,249
Views: 221,094
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

No, no...the primary routing for LRT would switch to west out of Lechmere + Sullivan (or a thru-routing from Kendall + Sullivan), and not south out of the Transitway and Ted. That's how you solve...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-18-2019, 06:52 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

No room. No room at any GLX stop in the Somerville cut.


But, again...the demographics don't fit for demanding a transfer station because there aren't enough bus routes at any individual stop. ...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-18-2019, 05:42 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

We're talking physically possibles vs. not.


We know West Med is going to have to be grade separated sooner or later because RER ops on that route for both Lowell and Haverhill + an expanding...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-17-2019, 12:21 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

That was right by the location of the original B&M South Lawrence stop, which went away when passenger service on the Manchester & Lawrence Branch went kaput around 1960 +/- 2.

The freight yard,...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2019, 11:20 PM
Replies: 1,617
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

The original GLX plan would've had the light rail stub platforms south of the High St. grade crossing (with some property takings)...CR platforms unmodified north of the crossing. With full grade...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2019, 04:12 PM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

When it's time to grade separate West Medford there'll be opportunity to consider extending. The ROW would be sunk in a 4-track width cut coming off the Mystic bridge, with Canal St. overpassing the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2019, 10:54 AM
Replies: 1,617
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

In limited doses. They are pretty maintenance-intensive and signaling-intensive, so they aren't a cure-all. The transpo blogosphere seems to think uncritically that they are a cure-all, but...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2019, 10:30 AM
Replies: 3,461
Views: 597,126
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Not really when those blocks are going to be the cheapest digs by tunneling feet being in the urban renewal zone, and inclines are comparably more expensive by tunneling feet. Not to mention the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-16-2019, 08:49 AM
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Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

If you want to minimize cost, these are the things that most address what cost issues killed SL Phase III. . .


Avoiding structural underpinning of existing infrastructure. No stacked stations...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-15-2019, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3,461
Views: 597,126
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Problem: because of all the Big Dig ramps there is only one way out of the Transitway: west under Essex St. to the tip of Chinatown Park / a.k.a. plaza in front of the Radian. That is the point...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-15-2019, 04:28 PM
Replies: 1,617
Views: 235,921
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

The whole reason why the RER study proposes interlining Lowell + Haverhill is that. . .


Vacating the outer half of Haverhill from Reading schedules is the only way you can feasibly swing :15...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-15-2019, 11:58 AM
Replies: 1,249
Views: 221,094
Posted By F-Line to Dudley
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

It wasn't feasible, though...because the buses' performance in the tunnel was so horrible that most service in both directions was to be forced to loop at Boylston. Shit grades, shit curves induced...
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