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  1. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    Looks very good! Looks more fleshed out than my idea. Some things I notice: Is this due to the nature of the map itself not having enough space, or some other factor? I wonder if there would be room to map the Fairmount line if the Southwest Corridor is mapped diagonally to the southwest...
  2. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    It's probably more that the opening of the branch accelerated the trend of the decline of street running rail services. For the 1959 opening of the Riverside line, the T simply took the streetcars away from Harvard Square lines and reallocatted them to the Riverside line at the time. It seems...
  3. Delvin4519

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    There will be closures on the Orange Line in addition to the Red Line this May. https://www.mbta.com/news/2024-04-22/may-service-changes-mbta-continues-work-improve-reliability-across-the-system The Red Line closure was previously announced and so is not new. The Orange Line closures are new...
  4. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I wonder, under such an alternate history timeline where the Highland Branch were to be abandoned for several years (or a decade or so), would a hookup with the Green Line still have happened, or would reproposals decades later to reactivate the Highland Branch have kept it separated from the...
  5. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I've always found Lynn Central Sq., Waltham Center, and Quincy Center, to each be unique in how each of the three locations have existed outside the original BERy service area, yet are (or were always) strong anchors of demand within the larger/expanded map of the metro. Omissions of the three...
  6. Delvin4519

    Not Just Bikes & Strong Towns | Stories of Great Dutch Cities & Better Urban Planning

    StreetsBlog MASS now has an article covering this tool (that I found on the urbanism social media) https://mass.streetsblog.org/2024/04/19/close-city-maps-illustrate-inequalities-of-access-to-vital-services-across-the-boston-region Medford/Tufts being a food desert is kinda odd. Malden is a...
  7. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    I got carried away and converted the aformentioned map to the MetroDreamin interface as well as Google MyMaps (edited the original post above to add the Google MyMaps version). (Yeah, I spent a few days of my time converting the map) Link to converted map...
  8. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    Following up on this. I've took this description and incoperated most, but not all of this information, into a modified version of my original map, that incoperates some, but not all, historical aspects. As mentioned in my original post, South Station became the hub for southern and western...
  9. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    The Inner belt is quite unique in having 3 different loops that all allow for route combinations that bypass Downtown Boston, as well as the radial routes going off into 3 primary forks and additional secondary forks all in quick succession within the same area as these loop tracks. (the...
  10. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    Yes, that is the case. The Saugus Branch RR seemed to have a historical connection to Edgeworth and Wellington Stations on the B & M Haverhill mainline route. It is quite a bit overwritten like the old mainline Harvard Branch, but one can still make out traces of the old connection. There's...
  11. Delvin4519

    Transit Planning $h!tposting (Ideas so bad, they're good)

    Hugely impractical/unrealistic and would never happen in a million years ever (this is just for fun). NSRL, but for HRT lines within the inner core of Boston only. Full segregation of all inner core railway ROWs from "streetcar" tunnels. (BL and RL tunnels are exceptions due to the Riverside...
  12. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    They're essentially all the corridors constantly being tinkered with in Reasonable and Crazy Transit Pitches, given they don't have a nearby rail ROW that can be used and fall back on. The only bus routes that could theoretically be absorbed outright by a railway ROW are the 87, 88, 80, 77, 32...
  13. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    What are some (potential) (very) high ridership transit corridors that would have the most difficulty in getting a high speed, rapid, potentially grade separated dedicated transitway to support them? Some potential valuable transit connections listed here are part of BNRD, others are routes...
  14. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Regarding Riverside's concern about transit being constrained to historical ROWs from the 1850s leaving several hubs underserved into the present day and beyond. I went through the painstaking task of getting 10 minute walksheds for every single intersection of the street grid with all...
  15. Delvin4519

    Boston Harbor Flood Protection Projects

    New York City was slammed by Hurricane Irene with a almost-direct hit in 2011 (near-hurrcane force at landfall), and followed by Sandy again in 2012 only a year later (the latter of which was a large-sized storm). NYC would later go on to be hit with flooding from Hurricane Ida in 2021 (the...
  16. Delvin4519

    Boston Harbor Flood Protection Projects

    I can't see this happening without Boston first experiencing some catastrophic, costly, flooding event that displaces some residents in affordable housing, floods a section of the Red Orange, and Green Lines, and shuts down Logan Airport (briefly). Only after such disaster would there be the...
  17. Delvin4519

    North Washington St Bridge

    This report from TransitMatters made a huge glaring error in the statement about the 92 and the 93 buses in Charlestown. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1QxTaz4gU_hCkSBSHbpBolLh949lUNs-I/view There is no bus lane on the North Washington Street bridge (look at the picture above). The bus lane...
  18. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Comparing the travel times for the Orange Line from Roxbury Crossing to Back Bay, gives a travel time of 4.5 minutes to go 3 stops (1.5 miles, 2.5 km). The E branch of the Green Line, which runs on street level in dedicated lanes from Brigham Circle to Copley, takes 9.4 minutes from LMA to...
  19. Delvin4519

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The March/April update on the bus operator/bus service shortage at the T. Still 6% below pre-COVID levels (over 100 still left to fill). Date Count Vacant Change % of pre-COVID max Max count 5/2/2023 1,622 201 N/A 88.97% 1,823 6/29/2023 1,611 212 -11 88.37% 1,823 7/26/2023 1,548 368...
  20. Delvin4519

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Don't most railway ROWs have much gentler curves than existing bus routes? Such sharp curves that follow the street grid, such as the Harvard curve on the RL, or the Boylston Curve on the GL, require severe speed limits for such significant curves. Such limitations would make for longer travel...

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