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Old 01-18-2018, 08:11 AM   #521
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Also that petition is from January 2017, so it's been a year.
That's the way the MA legislature works. Almost all laws passed in 2018 will be bills introduced in January 2017. There is a 2 year session and if your issue is not emergency legislation, it generally has to be introduced by January 20, 2017. (See the schedule for the session at https://malegislature.gov/ClerksOffice/House/Deadlines )
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Old 06-29-2018, 12:17 PM   #522
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Found this (probably shown before)... Good stuff. EMU's to South Station and Seaport, and big buildup at the stations on the FL would be awesome.

https://usa.streetsblog.org/2017/07/...not-there-yet/


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When the final infill station opens in 2019, the one-way end-to-end trip time will be 31 minutes. DMUs could do the same trip in 25-26 minutes. Electric trains, like the ones used on the Long Island Railroad, Metro-North, and any number of modern regional rail services around the world, could do it in 18-19 minutes. They accelerate faster, can run slightly faster on curves, and require less schedule padding since they break down less often. But the state has not been willing to commit to investment in electrification.
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Old 07-03-2018, 06:51 PM   #523
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^^^

I was under the impression that nearly the entire ridership of Fairmount Line is based upon the last two stops - Readville and Fairmount, based upon that stunt to make the line free earlier. And the Farmount stop presumably only has some ridership because Hyde Park is Zone 1 versus 1A.

Electrification and more frequent service is a must if you want the College Kids to move in there.
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Old 01-02-2019, 08:16 PM   #524
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Blue Hill Avenue station is nearly complete as of last week - I expect it's very close to opening.


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Old 01-08-2019, 05:50 PM   #525
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Buried deep in this article is a tidbit that Blue Hill Avenue station is expected to open in February.
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Old 01-08-2019, 09:39 PM   #526
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It looks sooo....... temporary
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Old 01-08-2019, 10:14 PM   #527
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It just looks sketchy as fuck. I would never wanna walk down that thing at night.
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Old 01-09-2019, 01:29 AM   #528
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LOL. Structurally fine. But periodic assassinations are possible.

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What prevents running 15 minute headways along the South Station to Readville segment with some trains extended to Foxboro and others terminating at the Readville yard?
You'd probably need double track all the way to Walpole is my guess.

But you've only got it to Norwood.
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Old 01-09-2019, 08:37 AM   #529
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LOL. Structurally fine. But periodic assassinations are possible.



You'd probably need double track all the way to Walpole is my guess.

But you've only got it to Norwood.
No. The Foxboro full-build study says that doing 16 round trips to Foxboro on top of the 16 daily round trips to Forge Park only requires a 1.3 mi. extension of the DT from Norwood Central to the foot of Windsor Gardens station, and a crossover installation at Franklin Layover so one of the existing yard tracks can be used as a passing track during peak periods when the yard is mostly empty. Inexpensive, non-invasive stuff.

Implementing rapid Readville short-turns requires: (1) relocating the Fairmount platform off the single-track Fairmount-Franklin connector and rebuilding it as a double-track full-high island about 200 ft. north so one platform berth is always available while any train is changing ends on the other, and (2) a switch reconfiguration so freight trains coming on/off the connector turn out ahead of the platform and never interfere with a short-turning train.


Interlining Franklin+Foxboro permanently via the Fairmount Line like the RER study specs so 30-min. all-day Franklin/Foxboro headways end up delivering Fairmount its 15-min. all-day headways doesn't require any major track investments other than the above. At most they'd maybe spec a new crossover installation just to backstop schedule resiliency, but otherwise the capacity is all there.
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