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Old 07-11-2019, 02:37 PM   #6241
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Honestly, if I lived on the Red Line, I'd invest in a car and drive to work. Better yet, ask if you can remote and work from home.
With all due respect, that's ridiculous and defeatist. I ride the Red Line every day and know about its travails but despite them there is no sense in which a car commute from the ends of the Red Line downtown is improved with a car. Every couple of weeks there are pretty bad delays, and it is a totally unacceptable level of service. But let's not be hyperbolic, it's still reliable and superior to driving and parking.
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Old 07-12-2019, 01:58 PM   #6242
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With all due respect, that's ridiculous and defeatist. I ride the Red Line every day and know about its travails but despite them there is no sense in which a car commute from the ends of the Red Line downtown is improved with a car. Every couple of weeks there are pretty bad delays, and it is a totally unacceptable level of service. But let's not be hyperbolic, it's still reliable and superior to driving and parking.
At least for my case, it really isn't at this point. Average about an hour on a good day, with the signalling issues on the red its now about an hour and a half to go from Dot to East Cambridge (~6.5 miles as the crow flies). Its pretty ridiculous given that driving is 20 minutes no traffic (lol), or about 40 minutes with bad traffic. So, yeah - depending on peoples work and parking situations, I don't think its hyperbolic at all at this point to switch.
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Old 07-12-2019, 04:03 PM   #6243
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At least for my case, it really isn't at this point. Average about an hour on a good day, with the signalling issues on the red its now about an hour and a half to go from Dot to East Cambridge (~6.5 miles as the crow flies). Its pretty ridiculous given that driving is 20 minutes no traffic (lol), or about 40 minutes with bad traffic. So, yeah - depending on peoples work and parking situations, I don't think its hyperbolic at all at this point to switch.
On the other hand, now that I know Shirley Leung did it I feel oddly compelled to ride the Red Line...like...harder than ever before.
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Old 07-12-2019, 08:12 PM   #6244
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On the other hand, now that I know Shirley Leung did it I feel oddly compelled to ride the Red Line...like...harder than ever before.
Nice one. She’s a twit.
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Old Today, 12:08 AM   #6245
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I commute from Somerville to the Seaport. Inbound it's generally fine, but outbound has been a big ol' charlie foxtrot more often than not. On days I don't bike to work, I've taken to getting on the 6:00 Seaport ferry to North Station and catching the 6:25 Fitchburg train to Porter and walking from there. The ferry is free for Seaport workers and has much nicer views than the Silver Line.

Of course, that did me no good at all last week when an earlier train hit someone at Brandeis; after we sat in the station for a bit I decided I had other options, looked at the Transit app and headed up to Sullivan to catch an 89. Of course, because of the Broadway bridge closure, it doesn't go almost right by my house anymore; I had to stay on until it got to Highland Ave and walk back. Still the right call; friend of mine who was on the train that hit someone didn't get home until late that night.
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Old Today, 06:52 AM   #6246
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Classic Red Line performance yesterday. Boarded a Braintree train at Davis. Last car was "dead" but the lights were on and there was no announcement, so minor mayhem as people scrambled to relocate. We got as far as Kendall, then the train was taken out of service, so everyone was kicked out onto the platform. While waiting for another train (more than 10 minutes) an Alewife train arrived at the other platform, also with a dead first car, again no announcement, lights on.

Gotta love the MBTA.
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Old Today, 07:08 AM   #6247
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Classic Red Line performance yesterday. Boarded a Braintree train at Davis. Last car was "dead" but the lights were on and there was no announcement, so minor mayhem as people scrambled to relocate. We got as far as Kendall, then the train was taken out of service, so everyone was kicked out onto the platform. While waiting for another train (more than 10 minutes) an Alewife train arrived at the other platform, also with a dead first car, again no announcement, lights on.

Gotta love the MBTA.
Weekend headways have been downright embarassing..sometimes 15 to 20 minutes. Don't understand why they can't just maintain the usual 8tph. I believe ridership is also down 5-10% as a result.. and with the Tobin bridge construction on the north side, I have to imagine the entire I93 corridor is a disaster these days.
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Old Today, 07:19 AM   #6248
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Weekend headways have been downright embarassing..sometimes 15 to 20 minutes. Don't understand why they can't just maintain the usual 8tph. I believe ridership is also down 5-10% as a result.. and with the Tobin bridge construction on the north side, I have to imagine the entire I93 corridor is a disaster these days.
The Tobin isn't even in the same direction as the red line.

Anyway, the Tobin construction actually helps I-93 southbound slightly. There aren't as many cars getting through on the Tobin, so I-93 moves a little faster.
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Old Today, 10:04 AM   #6249
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What I saw this morning on I-93 from Medford to Callahan: typical "July-August" decongestion--just enough straws that usually break the camel's back are on vacation each week.

If just half of all downtown workers take 1 week vacay in the 8-week July-August vacation season, that's enough to nip 6% off the roads at peak each workday and decongest the metro area.
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Weekend headways have been downright embarassing..sometimes 15 to 20 minutes. Don't understand why they can't just maintain the usual 8tph. I believe ridership is also down 5-10% as a result.. and with the Tobin bridge construction on the north side, I have to imagine the entire I93 corridor is a disaster these days.
Agreed about weekend headways, and it's the same on the OL.
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