On the Lechmere viaduct has anyone seen the new finish coat or finish state of the concrete?
It seemed like at one point they were applying a concrete colored seal coat but I couldn’t quite see if it was an intermediate or final state nor how widely it was going to be applied
Ball Sq viewed from Boston Ave.
From left to right we see the canopy, the track level access to the center platform, and at far right the structure for the elevators and Broadway level entrance
Not shown (I just out of the frame to the right) Are the two elevator towers now installed
My quote was: " Throwing Billions at rail because the locals think it the only mode worthy of their dignity gets us wasteful projects like Greenbush and South Coast Rail" and I'm sticking to that. It was not specifically an estimate of PIT-BOS ,and would read just well had it begun "Throwing...
The Berkshire Flyer was funded (but pointless during COVID) to extend service from the NYC side. That's bigger, closer demand and shorter rail, and an extension of an existing service (NY State sponsored Amtrak), making it much easier to launch than pushing a new Mass-side train...
This lane, announced in August 2020, will launch on June 21, 2021. (I don't want to be that guy, but...why did something so minimal take so long? I don't even think they've painted anything, but maybe I just haven't visted recently enough)...
That'd only get a train to SPG as I recall, since NNEIRI was pricing SPG-BOS upgrades . I don't recall it including a PIT-SPG leg. Jass wanted a train all the way to PIT and I was swagging PIT-BOS
Insult to whom/what? I'm not seeing it. Lots of places have historical rail (or even 1x Amtrak Long Distance), but that's not sufficient evidence that rail service or any transit is somehow the only dignified solution.
My solution for Western Mass would be a mix of nonstop bus from Boston...
The NEC (1) is Electrified (2) has no freight train interference (3) is 100% government owned (4) is capable of 110 to 165mph speeds (5) wins vs air and bus by providing up to 2 trains per hour
SPG-BOS offers none of the first 4 and, given CTs limits on the number of Amtrak trains, splitting...
Is there a State Street map in this thread? We were drifting into "Blue Line Transformation" where, once Bowdoin is gone, the "State Street Curve" is the thing that limits vehicles to just shy of being able to have the same length Blue or Orange.
Maybe? Probably? It has become pretty standard, but conditions do vary. I think the Lynn Fells Pkwy bridge in Melrose (below) will be replaced in two quick swaps.