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  1. The EGE

    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    My issue is that the seats are completely flat like benches - there's nothing to stop you sliding back and forth during acceleration and braking. The new LRVs in San Francisco have the exact same issue; here, it's bad enough that Muni has considered retrofitting them with transverse seating...
  2. The EGE

    Transit history/trivia quiz

    Hmm, that's a good question. The original Comm Ave Street Railway opened to Auburndale station in 1896, and was extended to Norumbega in 1897. A short extension to Riverside on private ROW opened in 1906 under the Newton and Boston. There's a good map here. I would assume that "Auburndale"...
  3. The EGE

    Transit history/trivia quiz

    Of note: the Norumbega Park route never entered the Boylston Street Subway, apparently due to the older two-motor M&B streetcars being unable to keep up with the newer four-motor BERy cars. This article has some details. It also suggests that it may have been routed via Beacon Street rather than...
  4. The EGE

    Transit history/trivia quiz

    Lacking any further interest, the answers (and additional trivia): Almost all the streetcar systems in the state connected. However, four systems were completely isolated - which ones? The Shelburne Falls & Colrain, the nearby Conway Electric, the Oak Bluffs (on Martha's Vineyard), and the...
  5. The EGE

    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    881 (far left) and 871 (center) are both pretty ugly, and even more depressing on the inside.
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    Transit history/trivia quiz

    Yep, the Shelburne Falls & Colrain was one of the isolated lines. The Lower Falls Branch was not - connections could be made with the Middlesex & Boston at Lower Falls. The Fitchburg and Leominster did indeed operate trackless trolleys from 1936 to 1947. It wasn't an isolated system in the...
  7. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Pre-COVID, the 325, 326, and 352 also used I-93.
  8. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I would assume that the inner track will be unused except for short turns - I haven't heard anything about the crossover.
  9. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Two months is probably about right, save for the unlikely event of a serious issue being discovered. The signaling is just standard block signals (more or less identical to those in the Central Subway and on the D Branch) that's fairly simple to fully test, so it's not like more sophisticated...
  10. The EGE

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    The whole point of transformation to regional rail is that transit shouldn't be based solely around a 9-5 workday, which is an ever-decreasing fraction of usage, and should be useful for all users for all trips.
  11. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    B and C branches are moving to GC, and D Branch to North Station, on October 24. Presumably this is to allow mock service on the Union Square Branch, where D Branch trains will continue empty past North Station as if they were in service. I'm not thrilled about 2 branches terminating at GC - it...
  12. The EGE

    Fantasy T maps

    It's over 3 miles from VFW Parkway to Needham Junction; the major of that is swampland or golf course. Hersey does well as a commuter rail park and ride, but it's surrounded by single-family zoning and is doubtful to pull its weight as a rapid transit station. I suspect that extension past West...
  13. The EGE

    Transit history/trivia quiz

    Oops, this one might have been too hard. (Figuring out the answers could be fun, though, I hope.) Some good state maps are available here. Those maps have the answers to questions 1, 6, 7, and 8. Wikipedia will be helpful for questions 2, 3, and 6. ceo got question 4. Interestingly, Six Flags...
  14. The EGE

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Newtonville is the seventh-highest-ridership CR station that isn't already accessible (476 daily boardings), with three of the higher stations in construction or planning. That means it already outperforms all but 2 Greenbush Line stations. West Newton and Auburndale are lower (about 250 each)...
  15. The EGE

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Long ramps are poor for actual accessibility - they require far more physical effort than the equivalent flat distance plus elevator, they have the risk of accidentally rolling a long distance, and slopes are particularly difficult for some folks (balance issues among others). It's fine to have...
  16. The EGE

    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    That's a good thing in my mind - it greatly reduces the travel distance for someone who needs an elevator.
  17. The EGE

    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Not that I've seen. Perhaps that location has particularly limited clearance, or the bridge pier is unusually vulnerable to a strike by a derailed train?
  18. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    By the time the FEIS came out in 1993, the project was split into two phases: South Station-Seaport in 2000 (ha), followed by South Station-Boylston in 2006 (ha!). The South Station loop was to be built in any scenario, though the route listing in the FEIS seems to indicate that it wouldn't have...
  19. The EGE

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    That Edgeworth / Rivers Edge station has been proposed periodically since at least 1945. I'm not super bullish on it; you'd need a lot of TOD to make it worthwhile, since the existing neighborhoods could be serve with improved 97 and 108 buses. You need some space for low-density land uses like...
  20. The EGE

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Slides are up for the September 28 SLX meeting. Most relevant is this one: The routes to Wellington and Sullivan, and the extensions to Kendall, both look promising. I certainly agree that some may make sense as Chelsea or Airport turns rather than dealing with some very long routes. Adding...

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