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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I'm gobsmacked that they don't already do that. The whole point of building a lift bridge there in the first place was the time savings that supposedly would come from variable-height raisings. This isn't like a firmware upgrade they have to add or something to unlock a feature; the capability...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    The dead giveaway for ordering pipeline is NJ Transit's MLV EMU order. And the reason for that is NJT's contract with Bombardier for those cars is so ultra, super-slushy that it was clearly designed from Day 1 to be launderable to other agencies. Which has already happened with SEPTA adopting...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    This comes up every once in awhile, and needs to be debunked every once in awhile. No one is going to be ordering more Silverliner V's. SEPTA has already sunset those Rotem pieces of shit for its next EMU order by glomming onto NJ Transit's Bombardier MultiLevel EMU order. They have numerous...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    https://portal.ct.gov/DOT/News-from-the-Connecticut-Department-of-Transportation/2019/Train-and-Park-and-Ride-Shuttles-to-The-Big-E-Announced ^^Timely news item.^^
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    Congestion toll in Boston?

    The 93 zipper NEVER worked. By cannibalizing what little shoulder space was left on a grandfathered interstate, stuffing the zipper barrier on the existing footprint wrecked what extremely small resiliency the highway had to withstand a disablement. It locks like it does every hour of every...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Probably not this year because most Hartford Line schedules terminate in Hartford with only skeletal service continuing to SPG. That will backfill over time as more equipment comes online, the stations + track work north of Hartford wraps, promised new bus connection services come online, and...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    No. It's way too early for staff training. The OL pilots are there for signal compatibility tests and to break in the test track (if they ever finish it in time). The two cars in question are only being borrowed because they're early pilots that have to go back to Springfield to get all their...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    If it isn't a direct, then there's no way you're getting more than a shuttle bus from Springfield Union. It is legit disruptive to CSX to have to keep clear the outermost yard track closest to the fairgrounds when that's the part of the yard that sees the most intensive switching operations...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    There is bona fide precedent. Amtrak has previously run fantrips out of New Haven for train shows that have been held there. There's a CSX industrial track spurring off West Springfield Yard that runs right across Circuit Ave. from the fairgrounds accessible from a reverse move inside the yard...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    EGE, unless he's now deputizing others to handle Wiki chores on the region's n'eer-will-be industrial tracks.
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    MARC's AEM-7's were ailing and out-of-service at the time of their retirement. They're already scrapped. SEPTA kept its AMTK loaner Sprinters for its push-pull sets until its own order of Sprinters got delivered, because their AEM-7's were also dropping like flies. SEPTA's fleet was loaned to...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    Ye There are equipment lists, and there are tracker threads on RR.net. They do have a few Sprinters to short-term lease because they were loaned to SEPTA when the Silverliner V EMU fleet was pulled for design flaws, and AMTK has made overtures about short-term leasing them again. The 15...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    Her There is no "used and cheap" option. None. Why is it so difficult to acknowledge that simple fact? Bombardier has the contractual ownership, and won't lease them out unless they recoup a stupid-costly S&S contract. Otherwise the Acelas are worth more as scrap than running because of how...
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    Assembly Row (Assembly Sq Redevelopment) | Assembly Square | Somerville

    It varies wildly by location, thanks to Eddie Lampert's brand of conflict management that pits managers against each other at both the regional level and per-store level. Some stores (Brockton...a.k.a. "the K-mart 1992 forgot") were kept immaculate and well-staffed with happy, hard-working...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    There's almost nothing you can do to speed it up. PVD station to the Blackstone River bridge @ MA state line is a 70 MPH speed limit with 30 MPH restriction immediately exiting PVD station, 60 MPH restriction at the curve where I-95/RI 146 split, and 60 MPH through Old Pawtucket/Central Falls...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    It's moot. When their AMTK tenancy is over Bombardier owns the sets lock, stock (after a loooooong handoff period where they will mostly be collecting bird poop motionless in a yard). You couldn't lease them for ANY role that doesn't involve taking on Bombardier's intrusive S&S package. At terms...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Going it alone isn't something that has a history of administratively working well when jurisdictions are naturally shared. After all, Brookline replaced all Beacon St. traffic signal controls with modern computer ones plug-and-play compatible with trolley signal priority, only requiring the T...
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    Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

    No, the Acelas are junk. They're a Frankenstein mashup of Bombardier and Alstom tech that are notorious shop queens and very nearly the most expensive trainsets to operate in the world. And Bombardier's onerous Service & Support contract with co-ownership clauses is so contentious and has so...
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    Amtrak / Intercity Rail Discussion Thread

    All this is the re-branding and extension of the Springfield Shuttles to give it a new placeholder role now that the Hartford Line is running. It's still needed because expansion of Hartford Line schedules north of Hartford to Springfield to full-blast is contingent on additional staggered-out...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    3rd two-car set? There's been 4 cars/2 pairs for some time now.

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