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

    Train Horn Back In Waltham Quiet Zone After Crossings Fail Federal Inspection Thoughts? Where does the blame lie?
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    While I do agree there is a happy medium to work towards, the FMCB era is such a massive improvement over the pre-FMCB era that at most I’d want to see tweaks in transparency and presentation of information.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Another week. Another data dump. Another COVID-era record in system-wide bus ridership! Last week (the week of 5/3), the MBTA bus system averaged 181,299 riders per weekday, surpassing 180,000 for the first time since March, '20. This was 70% of Thanksgiving week 2019, 68% of Christmas week...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Another piece of constructive feedback: infill stations are, by definition, built along existing lines and are, by their nature, generally "low budget," relatively speaking. What you proposed is neither an infill station (it would require a new tunnel under the North End separate from existing...
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    Fastest Proposal-to-build in MBTA History?

    I’ve seen this distinction in the terms “proposed” versus “planned.” It seems that if you are using this definition you are looking for a timeline from beginning of planning to completion, not proposal to completion. But I’m open to being corrected.
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Who pays for this, then? CRRC?
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    Fantasy T maps

    F-Line: Just for comparison sake: how would a potential East Arlington Station compare to Savin Hill Station or Shawmut Station in terms of population density, job density, population within various walksheds, bus connectivity, and stop spacing. To my eye, they seem comparable.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Your proposed North End Green Line station is 0.4 miles from Haymarket’s Green AND Orange Line station. Any service to the North End within your proposal would divert service away from Haymarket. Therefore, you are proposing spending billions of dollars for a T station with worse service that...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    What purpose does the 2nd GL tunnel through Shawmut Penninsula serve? It would limit frequency to both GL tunnels while providing redundant stations in an area well within the walk-shed of many other equal-or-better transit options to their destinations than if you just built the Cambridgeport...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Good call. This was demonstrated last week: the highest ridership week for the bus system since March 2020. The previous COVD-era high (week of 4/5/21) got a bump from a non-functional northern end of the Orange Line: the last two weeks of the northern OL shutdown remain the highest COVID-era...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Does anyone know why Hersey doesn't appear on the Needham Line timetable on the MBTA website, nor Google Maps' transit directions, but does appear on the PDF of the Needham Line spring schedule?
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    If You Were God... Transit & Infrastructure Sandbox

    I assumed full upgrade of Route 2 to interstate standards from Fitchburg to Alewife, as well as plenty of additional capacity along the Fitchburg Line. But I do like Westborough/Hopkinton, too.
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    If You Were God... Transit & Infrastructure Sandbox

    I always thought that if I was going to relocate thousands of people for a perfectly-sited, massive, suburban airport, with great highway and rail access, I’d choose Littleton/Boxborough.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Weekday system bus ridership has stagnated the last few weeks. The week of 4/5/21 remains the COVID-era high-water mark (with much of the OL non-functional), with the 2nd-8th highest ridership weeks having occurred back in August-November, 2020. (When) do people expect to see increases in...
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    If You Were God... Transit & Infrastructure Sandbox

    I love this question and I'm going to interpret it super literally and pick the furthest out point (from Downtown Crossing as the crow flies) that I'd build to "if I was an omnipotent being." I spent too much time than I'd care to admit coming up with a rock-solid answer and it turns out 128ish...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Reconfiguring the 80 to run Belmont Center (or even Waverley Square) to Davis Square via Arlington Center would serve a real gap in the system.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The week's data update at https://mobility-massdot.hub.arcgis.com/ is in. Last week was the highest ridership in the bus system since the stay-at-home order was given last March! This comes at a time when Massachusetts is rapidly vaccinating the adult population. Last week (week of 4/5)...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    What is the expected useful lifespan of an HRT switch in this context?
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    MBTA Red Line / Blue Line Connector

    Today's Fiscal Management Control Board meeting included a Capital Investment Plan Update: The only "expansion" projects receiving funding in FY22 are: South Coast Rail Green Line Extension Silver Line Gateway Red-Blue Connector This shows, to me, a real commitment to this project. Amidst the...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The data dump for last week's (3/29-4/4) bus ridership is in. Bus routes that have strong ridership relative to pre-COVID (>45% of peak): 16, 17, 22, 23, 24, 28, 34E, 42, 61, 104, 105, 109, 111, 112, 116, 117, 119, 120, 137, 192, 411, 435, 436, 442, 450, 455, SL3, SL5. I've bolded routes that...

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