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  1. Teban54

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    To be fair, when Eng came into power, there's no longer functional infrastructure for the Cambridge trolleys, and the BEB replacements of SL Waterfront had already gotten to a point that can't be canceled.
  2. Teban54

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

    https://whav.net/2024/04/22/haverhill-train-station-to-close-to-downtown-commuters-officials-to-receive-secret-mbta-briefing/
  3. Teban54

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    A car rolled over upside down near the Riverway T stop this afternoon, blocking the trolley tracks. The E branch was cut back to Brigham Circle for a couple hours, after one trolley unknowingly went into South Huntington Ave and got stuck. Outbound 39 buses was initially able to bypass the crash...
  4. Teban54

    Green Line Reconfiguration

    Just a quick update on this: I don't think bus drivers actually abide by this presumed 25 mph speed limit in practice, even if the T does require them to. The 39 bus that I was on today routinely had 30+ mph speeds inbetween stops based on my GPS measurements, and at the Mass Ave underpass, it...
  5. Teban54

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Moving this conversation about Secretary of Transportation Tibbits-Nutt's pessimism of transit expansions here. (The trigger of the discussion was her mention that she would not support having a layover yard in West Station.) I went through the painstaking task of listening to the podcast with...
  6. Teban54

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    This might be a good time for a recap: Tibbits-Nutt, the same transportation secretary that said she does not support the yard here, also mentioned last fall that "rapid transit extensions just don't happen anymore". As I've explained in that link, that's wildly out of touch with what's actually...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Question: What was the layover yard originally designed for? Can its functionalities, if any, be adequately replaced if it's removed from the West Station plan?
  8. Teban54

    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Another factor: A domestic rail manufacturing plant makes sense if the US sees strong demand for rail vehicles. I'm not convinced that's currently the case given the unfortunate nature of most travel still being dominated by cars and planes, especially if the few major rail operators already...
  9. Teban54

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

    https://mass.streetsblog.org/2024/04/17/worcester-line-rail-schedule-changes-capture-more-riders-at-worcesters-expense TL;DR: The former Worcester H2H train doubled in ridership since it was converted to the typical "local till West Natick" trip, but Worcester complains about 20 extra minutes...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    This might be a bit stereotypical, but I'll also add that a Chinese company may be more used to dealing with Chinese construction workers who are generally more willing to work over time (or at least gotten used to it), more tolerant of strict controls and more hardworking in general, due to the...
  11. Teban54

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Here's a philosophical question. Suppose you are a planner, and you're deciding between improving transit for two neighborhoods, A and B. They're similar in population, density and distance from downtown. It's easier or cheaper to bring a significantly higher quality of transit to A. However...
  12. Teban54

    MBTA Buses & Infrastructure

    Since the 66 was cut in two halves today due to the marathon (Harvard to Union Square, and Nubian to Brookline Village), I thought it would have been more reliable and less prone to bunching. Unfortunately, I was wrong: (For my specific purposes, this played out in my favor: I was trying to...
  13. Teban54

    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    An off-topic question that I've been curious about for a while: What caused these extreme densities? Has the area always been this dense, or was it primarily due to developments in the last 40-60 years where this is one of the few areas with a one-seat ride to downtown Boston at its doorstep?
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Ridership on the 66 does not necessarily agree, however: Other than the stop right at the intersection of the two streets, the two stops on Brighton Ave see comparable ridership to the two on Cambridge St, if not slightly higher.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Thinking about it again, I'm not sure if even a detour as far as Brighton Ave will be a shitshow in traffic and reliability, either: Brighton Ave (dark brown) already has bus lanes in both directions for the 57, and I don't see much issues with the turn to Malvern, other than having to merge...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I was in the public meeting for BNRD's revised proposal, and happened to be in the breaking room where the 64 was included. They said they rolled back the 64's West Station detour because BNRD will likely be completed well before West Station is, not because of the detour itself or its impacts...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I was revisiting and researching some history of West Station designs, and now I think this bashing of West Station bus hub's location and potential utility may have omitted a key factor, one that may not have gotten any attention: Cambridge St Bypass, a proposed east-west street linking West...
  18. Teban54

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

    I just revisited the discussion of Newtonville's proposed 400' platforms, as part of building an index of the excellent discussions on the forum on my website. I decided to write to MBTA Public Engagement to voice out the disagreements with 400' platforms, and I've quoted my email below. While I...
  19. Teban54

    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    Or, how about, think of it this way: By lowering CR fares, a greater number of people working in Boston will have more incentives to live along a CR line. This both includes the stereotypical wealthy suburbs (Melrose may fit the description depending on your POV, even though their MBTA buses...
  20. Teban54

    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    A Twitter thread about a very interesting example of tram running in a short section of mixed traffic:

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