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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    I think F-Line raises reasonable critiques but I think this is a good example overall of a Reasonable Transit Pitch — builds on an existing well-known proposal, lays out the case for a modest addition, doesn’t blow up the bank on sight. (Even if further analysis does reveal higher costs.)...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    If memory serves, I think one of the old Blue Books listed the number of vehicles per route — could be a useful reference for quantifying this.
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    I mean, to be clear, I was thinking of it as a short-term solution — just to get some sort of electric trains running through Dorchester. Day 1 electrification is only going to be one or two lines anyway, so we will probably need to live with some operational kludges along the way. But, yes —...
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    What about Fairmount?
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Report on Facebook that yesterday’s Red Line disruption was caused by someone getting stuck under a train at Park Street: https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02zx2uK6taLVnqeMRcHPLV3CynKrRq1QfhCev3cyiCTJBMThdha8jk1rzD8bqaXWxil&id=100079996396349
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Well, technically we could be talking about a Washington St BRT that runs into the Transitway and terminates in the Seaport, but that's really just trading one set of reliability problems (TWT) for another (Washington). But yes, once we have LRT in the Transitway, I think the scales are tipped...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Two F-Line posts on the topic: https://archboston.com/community/threads/green-line-reconfiguration.5003/page-34#post-389594 https://archboston.com/community/threads/green-line-reconfiguration.5003/page-35#post-389685
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    I think all are reasonable (except maybe OLX, though I can't really put my finger on why I feel less sure about that one). I'd add electrification of and frequent service on the Fairmount, though I agree that adds another variable in terms of rolling stock acquisition.
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Great thoughts from everyone, appreciated as always. Let me try to tackle the various points raised... I agree that this is the #1 question. That said, I think it's possibly moot: I need to look at the SL numbers (and the Ruggles numbers, for that matter), but we know the number of boardings at...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Fair points from both of you @HenryAlan @RandomWalk. I struggled a bit with my wording in my last sentence — I didn’t mean to suggest that Green to Porter would be a top priority, more that I see it in a class of projects (including Green to Needham and Orange to Roslindale Village) that would...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    It's actually an interesting story. (I may have a couple details wrong from memory, so others should correct me.) Basically GLX was mandated as part of settling a lawsuit over the Big Dig -- "If you're gonna build all this auto infrastructure, you also need to build some transit infrastructure...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Not to pre-empt your further comments by replying right away -- definitely keen to hear your additional thoughts! Yes, really the main question here is whether I've talked myself in circles such that I've lost sight of the obvious conclusion that surface streetcars are terribly unreliable, even...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    [continued from above] Reach of service: the Surface Alt could reach as far as Haymarket (and maybe North Station, but I think that gets hairier and for less gain); the Subway Alt might be able to go as far, but depending on what happens on the northside, it may be desirable to turn one of the...
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    Green Line Reconfiguration

    This has gotten stuck in my mind. I'm less wild about Washington streetcars going straight into the Seaport subway; you lose the connection to the Orange Line, and this route is already transfer-poor. You could maybe achieve a Washington <> Orange transfer by adding yet another pedestrian...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    While I am loathe to further engage in this discussion, I'll chime in here to point out OnTheMap. It's not exactly a job density map, but it's pretty close. Zoom the map to the area you're interested in Click the "Selection" tab Use the Draw Polygon (Freehand) option and outline the area you...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    I'm not a mod, but I'll say this: building a mainline tunnel from Lynn/Revere to South Station via Logan is a classic Crazy Transit Pitch (and would be a good fit for that thread), but it most assuredly is not an alternative to the North South Rail Link. Something to be considered perhaps in...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    I've gone back and forth a lot about this. I definitely agree that at full build-out, transferring from an Upper train to an Under train at Porter/Medford (?)/Sullivan or Lynn, is better than transferring at North Station. But... Well, the concept works best on the Fitchburg Line, where you are...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Yeah I think this is reasonable. I'm looking again at the diagrams from the 2019 study, and, again, I am confused. The South Station Under headhouses suggest a need for about 600 feet of horizontal running space to go from platform to surface, and it looks like the North Station Under location...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    I'm going to return to the previous discussion about the merits of a Central Station. I think one aspect to consider is what our overall goal with the NSRL is supposed to be. If it's about creating a de facto rapid transit line through downtown, then that might tilt things in favor. If it's...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Thanks @Teban54! Am glad my wall-of-text is still somewhat useful! The only modification I'd make now is that I would de-emphasize my earlier arguments about travel time. Shaving 15 min to 10 min is probably mildly more worthwhile than I suggested it was in 2020, when I was pretty dismissive of...

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