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  1. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    Yep, right on the Reservoir Rd corner.
  2. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    Just got an announcement on a bus “Beginning March 1st, bus fareboxes will no longer administer change.” I thought the bus ones haven’t administered any change in years? Potential sign of very near future AFC 2.0 as well?
  3. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Construction Projects

    Not sure if someone has mentioned already but all the construction activity at the former Beacon Park Yard was to reopen a temporary transfer facility for the removal of the contaminated soil from over 100 years of freight operation and 70 years of heavy automobile traffic in preparation for the...
  4. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    If I'm not mistaken this is both a stop for the BERy Ipswich Line (60) that proceeded to Chestnut Hill around where the mall is today and on the Boston & Worcester Air Line that ran a limited stop trolley all the way to Worcester until the construction of the present Rt 9 'highway' in 1932. This...
  5. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    The main difficulty of coordinating routes on Washington Street is the unreliable traffic delay. During peak, from my experience, there's regularly up to 10min of deviation from schedule. It's worst on the 34, 34E, and 40 because of how much traffic from both Washington St in Dedham and Enneking...
  6. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Can’t find where I saw this but I’m pretty sure the MBTA commuter rail is experiencing the best ridership recovery of any commuter rail system in North America except for a couple single line quasi intercity railways like the NM RailRunner. It’s well documented that weekend ridership is...
  7. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The E Line rails are poking through the asphalt down by the Arborway intersection again on South St kinda by the auto body shop. I’m surprised it hasn’t been said (unless I missed it) but the entire old Boylston entrance to Hynes is still extant just gated off
  8. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I would like to point out the 86 runs quite consistent 20-25min service for most of the day on Saturdays not 35-45. That’s my local ride or die route a can’t let it be misrepresented it’s come in absolutely clutch numerous times with how late it’s runs and how many key destinations it connects to
  9. Koopzilla24

    Roads and Highways General Development Thread

    Last month MPO had a meeting about center running bus lanes and filling in the underpass to facilitate new BNRD routings along Rutherford @52:30 ish Goal is to begin construction in 2027 and be done in 18 months
  10. Koopzilla24

    Post-Covid Travel Patterns and Solutions

    This is backed up by the state highway administrator https://www.nbcboston.com/news/local/inside-bostons-changing-commute/2956180/?amp=1 At the same time though highway traffic’s peak loads are basically back to pre-pandemic volumes. What I believe to be the primary driver behind the lower...
  11. Koopzilla24

    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    https://media.amtrak.com/2023/08/providence-bus-service/ Kind of in progress at least
  12. Koopzilla24

    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    Trying to find a citation on the P&W/G&W statements but Google searches are only returning those fake ticketing cites claiming to tell Providence to Worcester train tickets for $11 so I could be wrong. I believe it was related to the construction of Pawtucket/Central Falls station some sort of...
  13. Koopzilla24

    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    Read in an article (having trouble finding it again) that the CEO of AllEarth Rail doesn’t see a path forward with using their refitted RDCs for a Vermont commuter rail service and expects the cars to leave New England and look for a lessee for them elsewhere. My thought is this: MassDOT and...
  14. Koopzilla24

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I personally want to call it “The Sandlot”
  15. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    A very important consideration to fare collection are routes like this the 34E These suburban bus routes that pass through multiple towns hold a significant place in serving trips that never touch a Charliecard ticket machine. I take this route often to commute (just took it this morning) and...
  16. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    With modern day technology everyone’s cell phone with GPS tracking capability has their anonymous location available to be purchased by private companies. This is what the MBTA used for trip data in the Bus Network Redesign. According to the project and company pages, their algorithm gathers...
  17. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Just happened to me this morning on the 39. Basically a daily occurrence in my travels. Also the Green Line rarely has fare collection at the end termini cause the system isn’t on or the operator isn’t present but doors are open. Because of zone fares some sort of tap in tap out is needed for...
  18. Koopzilla24

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Putting my response to this here as the more relevant place for it: Transit buses are impossible to run remotely close to breaking even due to capacity v cost and will always have by far the lowest fare recovery ratio. AFC 2.0 essentially turning bus fare paying into an honor system will in my...
  19. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    I kinda rush-typed that about a weekend CR express service, apologies for anything unclear or redundant. As both you and @F-Line to Dudley said there's negligible difference in pulling a full consist versus a shortened one and they always operate with only 1 or 2 cars open on most weekend trips...
  20. Koopzilla24

    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Went down to Pawtucket the other day (Saturday) and the return trip further cemented my belief that the Providence Line needs more service. I was on train 1806 the 11:50am out of Providence. While waiting at Pawtucket/Central Falls the platform looked like a typical weekday rush-hour load of 30+...

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