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Old 11-10-2017, 02:37 PM   #4961
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Does anyone have any good sources on MBTA commuter rail electrification?
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:05 PM   #4962
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Does anyone have any good sources on MBTA commuter rail electrification?
We'll (TransitMatters) be dropping a bombshell of a regional rail/electrification white paper/report early next month! Stay tuned. ;-)
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Old 11-10-2017, 07:17 PM   #4963
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Does the silver line occasionally skip stops at terminals? Waiting at terminal E when the sign says it's due. It never arrives and the timer resets to 13 minutes. 5 minutes later the sign resets to 18 minutes. Wtf. Fuck the silver lie

Update: a non airport dedicated silver line bus shows up. What a welcome back to Boston
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Old 11-10-2017, 11:04 PM   #4964
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Does the silver line occasionally skip stops at terminals? Waiting at terminal E when the sign says it's due. It never arrives and the timer resets to 13 minutes. 5 minutes later the sign resets to 18 minutes. Wtf. Fuck the silver lie

Update: a non airport dedicated silver line bus shows up. What a welcome back to Boston
I think there was a car fire tonight in the Ted Williams which really screwed up the Silver Line.
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Old 11-12-2017, 09:27 PM   #4965
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Speaking of Transit Matters, Jim Aloisi and Ari Ofsevit wrote an op-ed piece that appears on the Commonwealth magazine site today.

Dear Gov. Raimondo: Express trains wrong ask
Let’s improve existing service and help all passengers

DEAR GOVERNOR GINA RAIMONDO:

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We read with interest your call for express rail service from Providence to Boston. You are spot-on in thinking that improved rail connections regionally will be beneficial to the people, the economies, and the environments of our respective states. But rather than single express trains serving a few commuters, we respectfully suggest low-cost, common-sense improvements that would benefit everyone.

At our non-profit TransitMatters, we’ve been doing a lot of thinking about how to improve intercity rail in Massachusetts (we will be rolling out a regional rail white paper before the end of the year). We believe that better service is a combination of improved speed and frequency, providing a wider range of benefits in many corridors. The good news is that in the Boston-to-Providence corridor, there are two relatively low-cost steps—high-level platforms and electrification—that the MBTA can take (perhaps with Rhode Island’s help) that would significantly improve service between these two dynamic cities.

Here’s how we would do it.
.. Continues

Short answer: at-level platforms allowing passengers to board faster and using EMUs.
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Old 11-14-2017, 12:23 PM   #4966
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Boston, MBTA to start working on dedicated bus lane on Washington Street in Roslindale

Presumably in reference to this presentation to the FMCB yesterday.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:21 PM   #4967
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We'll (TransitMatters) be dropping a bombshell of a regional rail/electrification white paper/report early next month! Stay tuned. ;-)
I shall eagerly await this report.
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Old 11-14-2017, 06:49 PM   #4968
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We'll (TransitMatters) be dropping a bombshell of a regional rail/electrification white paper/report early next month! Stay tuned. ;-)
Does it tie into Ari's letter on EMU service on the Providence Line? I must say it was a pretty well argued piece - just wondering if there is even more to it coming up
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Old 11-14-2017, 07:25 PM   #4969
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Does it tie into Ari's letter on EMU service on the Providence Line? I must say it was a pretty well argued piece - just wondering if there is even more to it coming up
Jim & Ari's open letter to Gov Raimondo of RI was a teaser/hype mechanism for the Regional Rail rollout. She happened to make those comments at the perfect time for us to respond. It's all strategic. ;-)
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Old 11-25-2017, 03:29 AM   #4970
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QUICK! Someone get this job posting to F-Line!

https://www.governmentjobs.com/caree...-commuter-rail
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:45 AM   #4971
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I'm going to respond here to a tiff going on in the Summer St. Gondola thread:

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Silver (1) to Purple (2)

You folks are coming off as tourists.
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I've lived here for 40 years and never made that connection, because it is too low frequency. It is NOT rapid transit.

If you HAPPEN to be at South Station at the magical witching hour when it works, great, otherwise the triple connection is faster and more reliable.
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8:00
8:01
8:04
8:10
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If this is a problem for you, I dont think public transit is for you.

And that "magical witching hour" is commonly referred to as "peak demand hour".

After 10pm? Yeah, take the subways. But thats not when most people are moving between the stations is it?
^ This is a great example of some definite low-hanging fruit for easy transit improvements.

Travelling on CR within Zone 1A can be really fast, easy, and convenient. But most people--even T-savvy people--simply don't consider it as an option. Ask 100 people in Dewey Square how best to take the T to Fenway Park, and I bet almost everyone would say the Green Line. Those who think of CR to Yawkey are probably Framingham/Worcester commuters. But if you're getting off of work in the area of South Station and want to catch the first pitch, Yawkey is probably your best option.

I blame this in large part on the CR fare system being (mostly) separated from Charlie. This will be (eventually) addressed with the next fare redesign (even though it could have been addressed long ago with the current Charlie system and the T chose not to). But I also blame it on the CR being seen as "different" and, to a degree, scary. Plenty of daily T riders don't get how the CR "works". They don't know where the different trains go, how fare payment works, if riders need to signal for a stop, where on the train they should get on/off at different stops, etc. T signage and public outreach could do a lot to address this. Running ads and public service announcements within the T's system is basically free for the MBTA. I'm picturing an announcement that plays every 10 minutes or so over station speakers that sounds something like this:
"Hey! Did you know that your T pass includes local trips on the commuter rail from here to (Fenway Park/Back Bay/Porter Square/JFK UMass/etc.)? And if you don't have a monthly pass, the trip is the same price as a ride on the T! It's fast and convenient and easy! Ask a friendly T representative for details."
The message would be customized so, for example, announcements on the Porter Red Line platform mention North Station while announcements on the South Station Red Line platform mention JFK/UMass, Yakwey, etc.
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Old 12-06-2017, 09:54 AM   #4972
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I had totally forgotten that BOS-BBY was free on the T. Is it free to Yawkey?
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:02 AM   #4973
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I had totally forgotten that BOS-BBY was free on the T. Is it free to Yawkey?
Not free, subway fare. But you cannot use a stored value Charlie Card. Only a Charlie Ticket.

So one of the reasons I don't bother with it -- extra hassle.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:16 AM   #4974
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So I recently had the pleasure of being introduced to the T's Lost & Found system.

It... could use some work.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:17 AM   #4975
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When I was at BU, I was one of less than two people who would take the train from Yawkey to South Station when heading to that part of town, when the schedule made sense (thats when only a few trains stopped at Yawkey).

Hell, I remember knowing people who wanted to go to Worcester and would go to Back Bay because they didnt know Yawkey existed.

But I completely agree with JumboBuc. MBTA needs to run some marketing to let people know commuter rail is an option, and a damn good option for 1A stations, including Porter.

Most people just think of the commuter rail lines in terms of the outer stations, not local travel.

Another way to market it would be to have screens exclusively showing "Next departure to Back Bay" or "Next departure to Yawkey (Fenway/Kenmore)" at South Station with the time and track. Admittedly, it can be confusing trying to remember what line goes where. These screens should be located on the red line platform, before the gates, and somewhere in the main concourse.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:18 AM   #4976
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Not free, subway fare. But you cannot use a stored value Charlie Card. Only a Charlie Ticket.

So one of the reasons I don't bother with it -- extra hassle.
As linked by the OP in the other thread, it says here (2006 source) that [between BBY & SS] is free:
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Did that change? (has it been defeated at BOS outbound by the new "ticket check"?) Seems like they simply told conductors not to collect fares after BBY inbound or until after BBY outbound. I've never tried it, myself (in 2006 or ever)
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:46 AM   #4977
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As linked by the OP in the other thread, it says here (2006 source) that [between BBY & SS] is free:


Did that change? (has it been defeated at BOS outbound by the new "ticket check"?) Seems like they simply told conductors not to collect fares after BBY inbound or until after BBY outbound. I've never tried it, myself (in 2006 or ever)
Not sure. One of those T anomalies. T fare website clearly says subway fare for all Zone 1A transfers on Commuter Rail.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:53 AM   #4978
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Also, if you use the new Commuter Rail fare calculator and select
Origin: South Station
Destination: Back Bay

It says $2.25.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:54 AM   #4979
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There's not enough time to check fares between BBY and SST so they functionally don't. On the Providence/Stoughton line, at least, this actually applies out to Ruggles.
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Old 12-06-2017, 10:55 AM   #4980
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I had totally forgotten that BOS-BBY was free on the T. Is it free to Yawkey?
No, its 1A so the same price as the subway. That said, I would say they have only checked my pass maybe once or twice. It is the best way to get to Fenway, but, the schedule doesn't always line up and they don't run any extra train for the game so it isn't as great as it could be.
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