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Old 06-10-2019, 12:17 PM   #721
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Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Just announced in the FMCB meeting: All day bus lane, Brighton Ave (Eastbound only), Union Sq to Packard's Corner.

Ought to help the 57 and 66.
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Old 06-10-2019, 01:41 PM   #722
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Just announced in the FMCB meeting: All day bus lane, Brighton Ave (Eastbound only), Union Sq to Packard's Corner.

Ought to help the 57 and 66.
Twas announced a few months ago (https://www.boston.gov/sites/default...lyer_final.pdf) but nice to see it being implemented.
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:39 PM   #723
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So as the end of June 2019 approaches... Anyone heard the status of the 194 new New Flyer hybrids that were supposed to be delivered starting in June 2019? (FMCB PPT)

With the current mess I expect the MBTA would be happy to show off new buses if they were delivered so I presume there's a delay... They're supposed to replace all these (pictured below) 2004/5 buses and have new hybrid tech that allows 35% electric drive miles and less engine starts in traffic... Old bus:
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Old 06-26-2019, 03:58 PM   #724
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So as the end of June 2019 approaches... Anyone heard the status of the 194 new New Flyer hybrids that were supposed to be delivered starting in June 2019? (FMCB PPT)

With the current mess I expect the MBTA would be happy to show off new buses if they were delivered so I presume there's a delay... They're supposed to replace all these (pictured below) 2004/5 buses and have new hybrid tech that allows 35% electric drive miles and less engine starts in traffic... Old bus:
NETransit has the delivery range pegged at 6/2019 to 9/2020...a little more drawn-out than the brisk pace of the base-contract deliveries of this model 2 years ago. Since they're the same generic vehicle New Flyer may just be churning through a lot of orders right now and asked for a more relaxed delivery pace.

The T also may be in little hurry because Albany and Quincy garages can't service the hybrids yet. A great swaperoo has to happen as the 2004 Neoplans are retired wherein 2006-08 straight-diesel New Flyers (the last remaining fleet of those) are yanked from the other garages and repopulated at Albany + Quincy. And...for reasons unknown...they haven't issued a scrap contract yet for the Neoplans, for the 32 remaining high-floor buses long retired but still on-property, and for some other pieces of refuse they've still got hanging around. When the base-contract was fulfilled they had the scrappers signed on ahead of time, and had them chowing down new retirees right as they were being yanked from service. They don't have anywhere near enough dead-storage space to juggle new acceptances and old decommissions, so logically the scrap advertisement needs to go out soon or they aren't going to be ready to handle the imminent fleet turnover.
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Old 07-01-2019, 02:05 PM   #725
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I saw one of the new silver line buses in the tunnel (SL3) to Chelsea the other day. They are beautiful, clean, and more spacious.

Otherwise, I've only seen them on the SL4/SL5 outside lines.
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Old 07-09-2019, 12:53 PM   #726
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Woohoo! Davis Sq busway now has bus countdowns! (On an older LED sign that previously only had Subway MIN/ARR/BRD times)

Thanks MBTA/FMCB/Baker-Pollack!
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Old 07-10-2019, 09:03 AM   #727
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I commute through Courthouse Station regularly, and I only noticed this morning that that swoopy, futuristic and completely unnecessary mezzanine doesn't even have an entrance at the other end of it. WTF?!
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Old 07-10-2019, 10:22 AM   #728
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I commute through Courthouse Station regularly, and I only noticed this morning that that swoopy, futuristic and completely unnecessary mezzanine doesn't even have an entrance at the other end of it. WTF?!
Just to be clear, the "other end" is the eastern end, right? (As shown in this c.2000 image)



I think there's your answer right there: when built the entrance would have served just a lot of surface parking.

That's not really unsusual. Nearly every [underground] station in the DC Metro system had a knock-out panel at the "other end" when built for a future entrance when ridership demanded it, with that "other end" usually at a similar "TBD" surface parking or pre-TOD site.

Partly to save $, Partly because the early ridership didn't need 2 half-busy entrances, Partly because they didn't know what was going to get built at the "other end"
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Old Today, 11:06 AM   #729
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head house by District Hall is planned for the station.
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Yeah courthouse has a planned second headhouse as part of that private development, I think it's actually going to be pretty soon too...
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