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Old 10-25-2017, 12:57 PM   #4961
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btw, holy crap what is it going to be like getting around the Metro using public transit in 5-7 years?

+/- a foot of snowfally day?
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Old 11-05-2017, 11:02 PM   #4962
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Rhode Island asks MBTA for express commuter trains to Boston

https://www.bostonglobe.com/business...r6M/story.html
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Old 11-10-2017, 08:18 AM   #4963
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How much does the MBTA lose annually in skipped fares? In the past 2 weeks, I have seen 3 or 4 people just toss their backpacks over the gate to activate the exit sensor and walk right through. You would think they would figure out a better system by now.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:22 AM   #4964
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Or just a motion sensor aimed above the gates that triggers a photo-flash whenever there's a big motion made tossing something in/over.
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:52 AM   #4965
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Globe: T’s declining ridership: Why and Where

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The agency has in recent weeks divulged that it saw a decrease in trips in fiscal 2017 from the previous year. Ridership dipped 2 percent on its heavy rail lines, and 6 percent on buses.

It’s probably too simple to say riders are ditching mass transit, and officials noted a lot of nuance to the data. We parsed some of the numbers:

• Subway ridership is actually up during rush hour, which may come as little surprise to crowded Red and Orange Line commuters.

• Most of the decline is attributed to weekend and off-peak travel times. Laurel Paget-Seekins, the T’s strategic initiatives director, floated ideas to attract more riders outside rush hour, including boosting frequency of off-peak service and different fares during these hours.

• There’s also a geographic distinction: some buses to the northeast side of Boston and toward Chelsea have seen ridership increase. And the Blue Line, which also travels in that direction, has seen a 3 percent uptick.

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A decrease in off-peak usage certainly sounds like an Uber/Lyft story to me (as the article mentions). I take the T every single weekday, but on the weekends I've found myself taking more Uber and Lyft so as to not have to deal with weekend headways/construction/decreased bus service. With Uber and Lyft's below-cost pricing (for now) it's hard to turn down...
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Old 11-10-2017, 09:56 AM   #4966
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Off-peak/weekend ridership is down because of all the bustitutions on the Red & Orange Lines. They have been near constant for the past year+.

The T has no "normal" ridership data where the system just functions as is. The data starts at the snowpocalypse of 2015 and then the next 2 years of data are skewed by absurd levels of bustitution. You can't draw any conclusions from the T's data besides:
- When the system melts down during a period of all time record snowfall, ridership drops
- When the lines are closed for construction, ridership drops (because obviously, they can't use it)

In both cases, ridership drops because the services are literally closed.

Shocker, this causes ridership to drop!!
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:07 AM   #4967
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Off-peak/weekend ridership is down because of all the bustitutions on the Red & Orange Lines. They have been near constant for the past year+.

The T has no "normal" ridership data where the system just functions as is. The data starts at the snowpocalypse of 2015 and then the next 2 years of data are skewed by absurd levels of bustitution. You can't draw any conclusions from the T's data besides:
- When the system melts down during a period of all time record snowfall, ridership drops
- When the lines are closed for construction, ridership drops (because obviously, they can't use it)

In both cases, ridership drops because the services are literally closed.

Shocker, this causes ridership to drop!!
I assumed they would have controlled for service shutdowns / bustitutions when measuring ridership... Apparently not.
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Old 11-10-2017, 10:36 AM   #4968
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I assumed they would have controlled for service shutdowns / bustitutions when measuring ridership... Apparently not.
Laurel briefly mentioned/glossed over bustitutions & shutdowns as a potential reason for this drop when she made her presentation on this to the FMCB.
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Old 11-10-2017, 03:37 PM   #4969
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Does anyone have any good sources on MBTA commuter rail electrification?
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Old 11-10-2017, 04:05 PM   #4970
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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, 08:17 PM   #4971
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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 11-11-2017, 12:04 AM   #4972
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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, 10:27 PM   #4973
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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, 01:23 PM   #4974
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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, 07:21 PM   #4975
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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, 07:49 PM   #4976
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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, 08:25 PM   #4977
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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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