Reasonable Transit Pitches

DominusNovus

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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. Too big a pain for running a dinky, so if going to the negotiating table with CSX it's pretty much whole-train specials or bust to make it worth anyone's while. A bus is easily going to beat a dinky anyway when all the reverses and safety pauses for hand-throw yard switches are tallied up. The value of the service is more in its "specialness" than efficiency, since the on-the-ground progression from Springfield Union to the fairgrounds-facing side of the yard is clunky as hell (big freight yards being a very atypical destination for passenger trains). But you can bake a Big E week concession into the whole set of deal-making that transfers ownership of the Springfield-Worcester B&A into state hands with "Pimp My Yard" funding going the other way. That's a very small price to pay for CSX having to put up with additional interference several days per year that ends up constraining their switching activity to a smaller part of the yard, so they'll likely go for it if the rest of the self-serving items in the package are lucrative enough. Also. it's an immediate and tangible "Show-me" to Western MA voters re: the value of the Inland Route project to have that yearly pomp-and-circumstance to trot out for PR's sake.
For clarification, I was thinking a train from Boston to Springfield, and then contract out a Peter Pan bus for those last two miles, as the “half ass” solution. Not a shuttle train on the last part (it sounds like my post may have led you to read it that way). Not a fan of that as a solution anyway - hence calling it half ass.
 

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There actually already are bus shuttles from Union Station to the Big E run by King Ward.

There is also a PVTA bus line that runs down Memorial Ave, the R14, although the schedule isn't great.
 

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There actually already are bus shuttles from Union Station to the Big E run by King Ward.

There is also a PVTA bus line that runs down Memorial Ave, the R14, although the schedule isn't great.
Interesting. I wonder if there’s a noticeable increase in the CT rail lines to SPG during the Big E.
 

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Interesting. I wonder if there’s a noticeable increase in the CT rail lines to SPG during the Big E.
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 (hopefully) the starting contest with MassDOT over construction of a layover yard gets resolved. It was always expected to be a slow grower because of all the moving parts still works-in-progress well after Day 1.

I would not be surprised in the slightest if they needed to boost schedules during the Big E after that point where everything is built and cranking. I vividly remember from my youth in Central CT how the first day/week of school was well-attended, but then every class ended up losing a chunk of its enrollment for the duration of the fair. It's big, it's on-the-brain, and it's a way of life for folks in the CT River Valley.
 

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^^Timely news item.^^
 

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