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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    This is what the South Station Expansion DEIR says about mitigations to the Tower 1 chokepoint. Basically, it's the very slow speeds that lead to a lot of crossing conflicts. If the trains cleared the switches at 25-30 MPH instead of 5-10 MPH, there'd be a lot more flexibility as the switches...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    They already did a Layover Analysis 11 years ago attached to the South Station Expansion scoping study that detailed exactly what future layover needs were going to be. Widett Circle was evaluated for that at the time but eliminated from consideration due to the (then) land acquisition politics...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Quincy's cost is scandalous. Quite literally a scandal, as the whole process was re-bid when the initial bids came out insanely high in a way that the bidders could not fully explain. While the costs for these types of projects have unfortunately increased lots, there is no way in hell Quincy...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Not really. The express tracks were going to split to the south side of the ROW, the layover was going to be in the middle, and the local tracks were going to split off to the north. It would've precluded putting another mode in the middle at all the way the revenue tracks were...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    It was originally designed to ease the southside space crunch pre- Widett purchase, when they were scraping for any nooks-and-crannies they could get. Now that they have Widett Circle in-tow, that's going to be the much bigger and more centrally-located layover. And the Secretary alluded to as...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    https://commonwealthbeacon.org/transportation/transportation-secretary-gives-unfiltered-take-on-challenges/ Looks like at least some major elements of West Station are going to have to go into redesign. Transpo Sec. Tibbits-Nutt formally came out against the T layover yard that was inverting...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    L.A. Metro in January passed on all its options for their CRRC HR4000 HRT cars instead, opting instead to accept a brand-new HR5000 bid from Hyundai-Rotem. The L.A. pilot units were assembled in Springfield as well, though they were supposed to shift to CRRC's Chicago factory midway through the...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Only a crewmember can exert direct control over which doors are bypassed in a normal opening sequence. It can't be an auto-sensor thing.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Yeah...what is the 64's actual routing in this universe? Central Sq <==> Cambridge St. <==> Cambridge St. South <==> Malvern Connector <==> Malvern (or Alford St. ==> Babcock ==> Comm Ave. in one direction) <==> Brighton Ave. <==> N. Beacon??? That opens up a half-mile transit gap on Cambridge...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    They aren't considering the 66 as of the most recent presentation, and now would be the time to propose if it were feasible that given the BNRD's advancement. So that is a big red flag that the 64's detour is still projected to be a schedule-killer. As I said previously, the 64 already being...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    You could dig under one track at a time and "lane-shift" around the temporarily single-tracked railroad. Stabilize the soil around the remaining one track while pouring a complete half of a tunnel, then shift the track onto the completed tunnel roof (properly stabilized) while doing the other...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    https://www.inquirer.com/transportation/septa-train-car-contract-canceled-20240412.html SEPTA pulls the nuclear option on CRRC, outright cancels its order for 45 bi-level commuter rail coaches after the pilot units assembled at Springfield were plagued with so many problems that no deliveries...
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    The vestibule ends of the Horizon cars are more exposed to the elements than Amfleets, so there's been a longstanding problem of water collecting leading to slippery conditions. And the doors often get stuck when it's icy because of similar water seepage. Chicagoland has been complaining about...
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    Portland Passenger Rail

    https://www.nnepra.com/notice-of-virtual-public-meeting/ NNEPRA holding a public meeting on the 25th re: the preliminary alternatives for moving the Downeaster Portland stop back to the mainline/Union Station.
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    That's complete gobbledygook. They haven't fully committed to implementing the Rail Vision yet or given a timetable for implementation, so this has to fit existing service if it's to be a sooner-rather-than-later build. And these stops are currently on Worcester off-peak schedules that run 5+...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    The emergency access routes are insanely large in the renders...some 1/4 the length of the full platform. I can't think of any other CR station that attempts something that outsized. If they're going to shorten, 6 cars has to be the minimum. They got married-triplet EMU and BEMU bids in the...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    The Old Colony zones are ripe for a redrawing. Quincy should be in 1A, not 1. Braintree should be in 1, not 2. The outbound gradations should shrink accordingly. Campello should be in the same zone as Montello and Brockton given that it's in the same municipality. There shouldn't be a...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    I somewhat doubt they'll lump East Taunton in with Middleboro's Zone 8 such that the branches are all-9. If they're going by distance the difference between M'Boro and E. Taunton is enough for a zone jump. So this might indeed be a prelude to the sticker shock of Zone 10 from the cities being...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Yeah, 400 ft. will only berth a 4-pack. Framingham/Worcester rarely even shrinks below 5 cars on the midday off-peak, let alone during peak when it's 6-packs as far as Framingham on the runs that stop at the Newtons (plus these rebuilds are supposed to enable schedule increases so some...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    I suspect the neverending warranty mods are sidelining an even larger percentage of the active fleet at any given moment. Those wouldn't be reflected in the 'official' roster listings at all, but day-to-day fleet availability is probably pretty poor given the punchlists of things (like computer...

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