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Old 08-26-2017, 10:55 AM   #301
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Re: Red Line / Blue Line Connector

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My thoughts would be connecting from Bowdoin to Charles MGH and then going down say Charles Street and turning on Beacon Street. There would be another stop called like "West End" on that corner of the Public Garden (Arlington by Beacon Street). Then, it would go down Beacon Street and have like another stop called "Charles River".

It might be crazy since it would involve some 90 degrees turns.

True for the Brookline/Newton Opposition. Suburbanites tend to be opposed to heavier trains due to noise. That could be alleviated due to new zoning, emiment domain, and walls to reduce noise. If other subway systems can do urban to suburb heavy rail like the Metro in DC, we can do it in Massachusetts as well. We have the RedLine to Braintree of all places.
You clearly do not appreciate the strength of the NIMBY forces in Beacon Hill and Back Bay. A lawyer could retire on the legal fees from that crowd fighting a subway down either Charles or Beacon Street.
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Old 08-26-2017, 02:43 PM   #302
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Re: Red Line / Blue Line Connector

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You clearly do not appreciate the strength of the NIMBY forces in Beacon Hill and Back Bay. A lawyer could retire on the legal fees from that crowd fighting a subway down either Charles or Beacon Street.
Seriously... Not to mention the engineering constraints of that proposed route. It's a Storrow downsizing or bust when it comes to extending Blue past Charles/MGH.
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Old 08-26-2017, 06:40 PM   #303
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Re: Red Line / Blue Line Connector

I was toying around with the idea of exceeding the Blue Line along the D-Line reservation as far as Brookline Village.

If you want to implement the D-Line to E-Line connector idea then you're left with the question of what to do with the Fenway(Landmark) and Longwood stations. Might as well extend the Blue Line along there if you're bringing it to Kenmore. Unless someone has a better idea of where the Blue Line would be extended beyond Kenmore that needs full frequencies (and thus can't be an alternative branch to the Brookline Village extension.)

The reasons to keep the rest of the D-Line as the Green Line are 1.) to do the D-E connector, 2.) connect up the Needham and Newton Upper Falls, 3.) and I suppose lower density. On that last point, even though there are those golf courses you could theoretically redevelop, you could cover that area with the commuter rail right of way nearby.
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