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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2010, 09:58 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,502
Posted By jenkins
Re: Fitchburg Line Extension

I guess they like complaining about traffic, then...maybe they'll reconsider a few years down the road. It would be nice if the T could offer a somewhat improved service by then--I'll bet there would...
Forum: Greater New England 04-10-2010, 08:42 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,482
Posted By jenkins
Re: Springfield Commuter Rail

Ha, clearly SOMEBODY has never been to Amherst and Northampton! Northampton is TINY, and you can walk absolutely anywhere. Amherst is tiny too, but it has the added benefit of free buses.

Now, I...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-10-2010, 08:37 AM
Replies: 5,259
Views: 640,946
Posted By jenkins
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

Do many people in Roxbury or Dorchester actually own their houses, or do most rent? I can see how higher property values would kick out some renters, but wouldn't it be good for any homeowners?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-10-2010, 08:01 AM
Replies: 61
Views: 15,502
Posted By jenkins
Re: Fitchburg Line Extension

If there's enough room for a four-lane highway, why not use that space to quadruple-track and electrify the portion between Porter and North Station? That would make Green Line operations along the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-10-2010, 07:53 AM
Replies: 780
Views: 85,736
Posted By jenkins
Re: What would you do to get the T out of its financial mess?

Whoa, who says people in the sticks HAVE to drive? I mean, they have to drive nowadays, but (as a resident of Western Massachusetts), I can safely say that we'd be much more partial to MBTA spending...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-08-2010, 07:45 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 48,852
Posted By jenkins
Re: High Speed Rail (Boston to... Texas?)

Clearly you're not paying attention to the well-established economic, environmental, urban planning, and industrial cases for HSR (well, for rail projects in general). Shall we go over them again?
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-04-2010, 07:19 AM
Replies: 351
Views: 48,852
Posted By jenkins
Re: High Speed Rail (Boston to... Texas?)

You know what I always wonder about HSR critics? They must be the only people in the world who, when listing examples of the technology they oppose, inevitably come up with a list of incredible,...
Forum: Greater New England 04-03-2010, 07:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 6,482
Posted By jenkins
Re: Springfield Commuter Rail

I don't know how lucky Amherst will be in the future, but I know that commuter rail will be coming to Northampton and further north, terminating in Greenfield or Brattleboro. If anything, this...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-13-2009, 12:01 AM
Replies: 732
Views: 118,165
Posted By jenkins
Re: Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail

Not sure what the figures look like now, but the 2003 PMT says that the T could electrify the entire commuter rail system for $2 billion. So $1.4 billion would cover 70% of the network--totally worth...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-06-2009, 11:23 AM
Replies: 520
Views: 92,273
Posted By jenkins
Re: Fairmont Line Upgrade

Or hey, even EMUs. We already use them on the subways, so why not start building overhead wires on the Commuter Rail too? Very simple to do, and can improve both acceleration and top speed. EMUs in...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-06-2009, 11:18 AM
Replies: 70
Views: 15,281
Posted By jenkins
Re: Amtrak/Acela Thread

Agreed. If you want a really good ride, try Japan.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-07-2009, 04:53 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,142
Posted By jenkins
Re: The Duke on Infrastructre

The point isn't to be able to ride a high-speed train from coast to coast, but instead from a major city to nearby major cities. Not all parts of the map have the same priority, but in general, the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-05-2009, 10:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,142
Posted By jenkins
Re: The Duke on Infrastructre

Plenty:

http://i539.photobucket.com/albums/ff354/34chan/USHSR.png

I think the biggest problem with the current national rail system is that it's laughably sparse. We might not be as densely...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-05-2009, 12:10 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 59,002
Posted By jenkins
Re: Urban Ring

I never mentioned laying a "1 mile tunnel," I'm talking about building on an existing ROW--one which, I might add, already has track down (although it would need a bit of upgrading). Something like...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-04-2009, 12:13 AM
Replies: 325
Views: 59,002
Posted By jenkins
Re: Urban Ring

True, street running is unpopular--but if it were rail being built, maybe it could be done in segments. The first segment could be, say, Airport (Blue Line) to Kendall, since that uses an existing...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-03-2009, 11:28 PM
Replies: 325
Views: 59,002
Posted By jenkins
Re: Urban Ring

I doubt light rail would cost THAT much...according to the 2003 PMT, electrifying the entire commuter rail system would only cost 2 billion--even less than the Urban Ring. Considering how much the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-17-2008, 06:47 PM
Replies: 732
Views: 118,165
Posted By jenkins
Re: Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail

Not to argue against your post (a damn good one, for the record), but most Japanese railways operate on a profit, but that's mainly because they already have such great coverage and service, plus...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-11-2008, 08:59 AM
Replies: 32
Views: 8,355
Posted By jenkins
Re: Jamaica Plain Centre/South streets redesign

Wouldn't fly; trains can't handle hills. Existing rail lines, plus the odd modification (tunneling to avoid a winding mountain pass), are already at a good grade. On top of this, few interstates run...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-05-2008, 04:41 PM
Replies: 999
Views: 180,513
Posted By jenkins
Re: T construction news

So their intentions are good, but why wait? Isn't it already pretty dense? And besides, surely more people will want to live and develop there if there's already a subway, right? Doing it the other...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-04-2008, 08:50 PM
Replies: 696
Views: 114,023
Posted By jenkins
Re: Silver Line Phase III

This is a pretty valid point; it seems like people are eager to do the sensible, reasonable thing (electrification, in this case) until it affects them directly. But I'm not sure your logic works...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-01-2008, 09:38 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 48,852
Posted By jenkins
Re: High Speed Rail (Boston to... Texas?)

I suspect that high-speed rail would actually be pretty competitive with air travel, especially, as you pointed out, over shorter distances. What I doubt is the ability of any study to prove this--it...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-25-2008, 09:03 PM
Replies: 351
Views: 48,852
Posted By jenkins
Re: High Speed Rail (Boston to... Texas?)

Funny--I'd been talking about this with a friend all week. Here's what I got:

This is the current proposal for HSR in the US:...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-05-2008, 07:03 PM
Replies: 88
Views: 27,218
Posted By jenkins
Re: Old Northern Ave Bridge

Nothing wrong with using taxpayer money on infrastructure--I'd say there are very few better uses for it. Everyone pays, everyone benefits, right?

That said, there's no need to publicly fund...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-26-2008, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 5,731
Posted By jenkins
Re: Robert Moses influence in Boston?

Don't you have some maps of the proposed highways in Boston on your site?

Can you post them here?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-16-2008, 07:43 PM
Replies: 696
Views: 114,023
Posted By jenkins
Re: Silver Line Phase III

Smaller private railways in Japan still do this: Odakyu, Keio, Keisei, Shintetsu, etc. all develop land near their stations. This ensures that they will have people using their trains, and in the...
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