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  1. The EGE

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    In a scenario where there's rapid transit directly to the airport terminals, the current Airport station would be much more important to East Boston than to the Airport, and the name should reflect that.
  2. The EGE

    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Buzzards Bay is definitely the lowest-hanging fruit if the frequency issue is sorted out (by SCR Phase 2, or having it be a shuttle to Middleborough.) I don't see Middleborough/Lakeville as a likely stop - an extra platform at the new Middleborough station would be superior in every aspect. I...
  3. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Groundbreaking announcement for Everett bus lanes, with a little more detail than we had before:
  4. The EGE

    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Forced transfers from commuter rail at the end of subway lines don't make sense. The purpose of commuter rail / regional rail is to get riders to the CBD / other major destinations as quickly as possible; the purpose of rapid transit is to provide local service within dense areas and inner...
  5. The EGE

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Random question: If we ever get rail transit directly to Logan by whatever means, what would we rename Airport station? Bremen? Eagle Hill?
  6. The EGE

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

    Fall River and New Bedford need better bus service to Providence. Right now, there's weekday-only Newport-Fall River-Providence service, with three AM and three PM round trips. Fall River-New Bedford has hourly express service (plus half-hourly local service at half the speed), not well timed...
  7. The EGE

    Street Name Etymology

    My first thought from that was Myopia Hunt Club up on Cape Ann, which led me to Myopia Club in Winchester, " founded in the 1870s by four brothers with poor vision". That's definitely where the Winchester one comes from.
  8. The EGE

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

    Middleborough/Lakeville is to remain in use for CapeFLYER service. I suppose it could be used for future Cape Cod commuter service or service from Providence/NYC, but I don't see it having a single benefit for any of those over Pilgrim Junction. There's plenty of room under both Route 28...
  9. The EGE

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

    The new station location itself isn't terrible. It's still walkable from downtown, and it's closer to the apartment complexes on West Grove Street. Given that Middleboro is always going to have higher frequency than Cape Cod service (it was always a major short turn point), it makes sense to...
  10. The EGE

    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Community will scream holy hell if they try to, and at this point the MBTA probably understands that. At this point, I would hope it's more CYA to demonstrate due diligence when pursuing federal grants or whatnot.
  11. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Thomas Humphrey (CTPS planner, and one of the foremost experts in Boston transportation history) just put a revised edition of his 1974 research paper online. It has a complete history of the development of bus service in the Boston area, detailed service histories of every public and...
  12. The EGE

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    For a Red X, I much prefer either going to Chelsea and/or Everett. If this is the last change to create a new trunk line through downtown, it doesn't make sense to exclude them. Here's my crayon sketch of a potential route: Stations at City Square, Bunker Hill/Medford Street, Chelsea...
  13. The EGE

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

    Foxboro service was also intended primarily for parking relief at Walpole, Mansfield, etc. That commute from the suburbs to the downtown office has been demolished by COVID and may never come back, so Foxboro service wasn't providing any essential service. (Note that in the Fall 2020 schedule...
  14. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Still on this tangent, I got to thinking about cross-platform transfers, and where we have them now versus where they used to be. Currently, we have: North Station: SB Green / SB Orange. The one true cross-platform transfer left on the rapid transit system. Mattapan: OB Mattapan / most buses...
  15. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Muni also did a terrible job with the implementation of its redesigned network. Both major transfer points (Church and West Portal) had very clunky transfers requiring street crossings, with truly lousy accessible paths. There was no attempt to coordinate schedules for speedy transfers, much...
  16. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Given the rate at which construction is proceeding, I'm actually fairly optimistic that we will see trains run in 2021. Still a lot of unknowns to come, but given that having it spill over into 2022 would be an electoral liability for a lot of people, I imagine there's a lot of pressure to get...
  17. The EGE

    MBTA Construction Projects

    Well, wherever the new layover yard is going to be, it's not that site. The cleared land was for a tractor-trailer training school. MassGIS shows the property as owned by Big Bend LLC, address 304 VICTORY RD. #2 C/O NETTTS. (Photo courtesy of my parents, who kindly took a detour on their way...
  18. The EGE

    MBTA Construction Projects

    Historical note: that bridge was built in 1930 for the new Lawrence station, which opened the next year. You can see the canopy in the renders - it was actually the MBTA station until 2004, when the McGovern Transportation Center opened. There's still an opening in the abutment for a staircase...
  19. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Yeah, still trying to figure out what to do there. Google Maps Maker has a very limited color palette.
  20. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I have my map divided by color depending on when it was/will be installed, and separate items for each direction. Part-time lanes like this one are in lighter colors.

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