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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    Isn't it because there were more than 100 of the 1200 series, so their naming schema went up into the 1300s? Seems silly, but that would make sense. Similarly, the next series would be the 1600s, right?
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Lechmere to Union was super slow the one time I've taken it, and that was months ago, but I don't think it was 25 minutes slow. Are we dealing with variable delays for some reason? Is testing the Medford branch slowing down Union Square trains because they're making sure signals are working...
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    North Washington St Bridge

    What do you mean "how"? They'll fix the bridge, possibly be redesigning some elements to better support the broken welds. The only real question is how long we're going to be stuck with a "temporary" bridge. What's the record for the longest time a bridge was supposed to be temporary but was...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    There also doesn't seem to have been any movement on the Transit Matters data dashboard in the past few days. So they removed a few slow zones late last week, but haven't done anything since then. EDIT: Needless to say this is unacceptable. The MBTA shut down a line used by hundreds of...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    From the project site: Replace the existing signal system Upgrade switches, tracks, and power systems Address settling that has occurred at switch points Replace generators to support power loads required by today’s equipment So no track changes it seems. Which is a shame, since I'm sure...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Until the next shutdown in a year or two.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    You're thinking of this, which was between Back Bay and Mass Ave. Though that one does look like it worked to help outbound riders save a good bit of time:
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    It looks like they're not planning on addressing the slow zone between Back Bay and Tufts. Isn't that a pretty notorious slow zone?
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    Two lanes or one?

    This state's inability to just put paint down on the road to tell you these things never fails to boggle my mind. Even on major roads sometimes it's a crapshoot as to how many lanes there are, let alone where they are.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Wait, so in a single day they were able to fix a speed restriction that's been in place for 6 years?
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Update on Portals location: I'm not sure this is as possible as I was thinking. Basing things off the B and C portals, we'd want ~500 feet of travel to get down to the right depths. That's just not possible without major rework on either end. On the south end, you'd have to start your portal...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    No worries, your post just put me on the defensive. I'll agree that the political realities of such an LRT line would be... fraught. The 28X was a disaster that everyone involved really should have learned from. I was aware the bus network down there was a lattice, but the sheer extent of it...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'm not saying connecting to the Tremont subway is impossible, just that it's harder than laying track in a median. But as you say most proposals for a new line to Nubian don't involve reusing the portal, and instead require a lot of much more complex tunneling than I was proposing on Warren St...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    From an engineering perspective you need to reactive a portal that hasn't been used in a long time. There's going to need to be upgrades to make, and the portal was north of the Pike, so how do you cross that? Or do you create a new portal south of the Pike and just use the existing flying...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I agree! It's a perfectly reasonable transit pitch, however it involves the spooky spectre of actually pouring concrete, and is therefore Crazy on these forums. In all honesty, the mysteries about the northern end of such a branch are enough to actually cement it in Crazy town for me. Needing...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Having thought about this a bit more: The stop spacing around the tunnelled section would be reasonable. About 3000 ft spacing, which is about double what they just rebuild the BU stops as. Depending on whether they're trying to match existing station spacing ala the B&C lines, or longer...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    The Warren St issue always seemed overblown to me. Other LRT systems seem to have no problem temporarily ducking into C&C tunnels or onto temporary elevated structures (obviously the tunnel would be preferable here). There are convenient medians on either end where the ROW would be going anyway...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    The fare gates were value-engineered out. They cost money, and the only reason this is getting built is that corners were cut. There are some stations where they will absolutely make more sense to have than the current system, but we'll see if anything ever happens. Ultimately it shouldn't...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Rode the extension the other day for the first time. Thoughts: The slow zone ends right at the viaduct. The cars really scoot as soon as they exit it and start to approach Lechmere. The outbound flying junction is quite loud and screechy. Combined with the slow speed and the stop at the end...

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