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

    Thanks for this weekend's posts regarding South Coast Rail and Buzzards Bay rail. I appreciate those who have made an effort to review the recently linked documents for both SCR phase 1 and "Cape Rail," particularly around details for a terminus for "Cape" service at Buzzards Bay, versus a...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    The ridership projections have been provided for both South Coast Rail Phase 1 and an extension of commuter rail service to Buzzards Bay or to Bourne. . Table 2-9 on page 2-66 of the linked SCR phase 1 report shows an incremental increase of 2030 (I assume daily) inbound boardings along the...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    Not even close. South Coast Rail phase 2, if it also results in the extension of commuter rail to Buzzards Bay. It would provide the level of service that the gateway cities of Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River should have, as well as serve Wareham and Buzzards Bay. The Buzzards Bay...
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    It's worse than that. The assumption on past studies for Buzzards Bay commuter rail is that the service would be an extension of the existing Middleborough/Lakeville service, so passengers would have a one-seat ride to South Station. Now if Buzzards Bay happens, it will be a crappy shuttle...
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    New infrastructure bill

    A good starting point: https://www.mass.gov/service-details/regional-planning
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    Fall River/New Bedford Commuter Rail (South Coast Rail)

    I assume it's the first 25 seconds or so of this Youtube video.
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    An update today on the Commonwealth Magazine website regarding Orange Line car testing: https://commonwealthmagazine.org/transportation/new-orange-line-cars-being-tested/ "THE MBTA has begun testing its new Orange Line cars with the goal of returning them to active service in the coming weeks...
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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Umm, no. GLX to Needham and OLX to West Roxbury is an entirely reasonable approach, though I'd hope an OLX would extend to Route 128, if 128 traffic can be sent directly into a terminal station and a walking path be provided for Needham's Greendale neighborhood. I assume a Needham GLX would...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The meeting notes posted so far are from the first meeting in November. While the latest meeting notes have not yet been posted, the Cape Cod Commission has posted the June 9th presentation here, as well as a recording of the online meeting here. The presentation discusses two alternatives...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Spot on observation. We're seeing the same happen for commuter rail with South Coast Rail phase 1. Who seriously believes phase 2 will be funded?
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    Is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers blocking expanded weekend CapeFlyer service?

    It would appear yes, based on the CapeFlyer's Facebook post from Friday. "Our big announcement is not as big as we wanted but lack of cooperation is prohibiting us from enhancing service as much as we'd like. BUT we are adding a 1st-class car in addition to our iconic cafe car and Friday...
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    Regional New England Rail (Amtrak & State DOT & NEC)

    Link to the Amtrak press release: https://media.amtrak.com/2021/03/amtrak-to-add-private-rooms-to-overnight-northeast-regional-trains/ Here's a portion of the announcement: WASHINGTON – Amtrak Northeast Regional service will now include private rooms, affording customers an opportunity to...
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    Worst Completed Infrastructure Nominations

    I second this nomination, explicitly as "South Coast Rail Phase 1." Taunton, New Bedford and Fall River service via Stoughton ("Phase 2") makes sense, but if the ridership on Phase 1 is as bad as I fear it will be, I expect phase 2 will never happen. The Phase 2 NIMBYs will have a field day...
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Looks like it will be a four-track crossing at Route 28. Details are in the attached PDFs on the commbuys website: https://www.commbuys.com/bso/external/bidDetail.sdo?docId=BD-20-1030-0T100-0T100-49904&external=true&parentUrl=close The state also has plans in the works to rebuild portions of...
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    Police Details, Cameras, & Enforcement Methods

    What do the last 7 posts have to do with GLX?
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    What do the last 7 posts have to do with GLX?
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Past state studies for Buzzards Bay rail only added two stations to keep trip times down: the Wareham crossing area and Buzzards Bay village. This would have been an extension of the current Middleborough service using the existing Middleborough/Lakeville station. This service would have been...
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    Parcel 12 | Massachusetts Avenue at Boylston Street | Back Bay

    I think Turnpike Square is a brilliant name. Of course, many folks will contract it to "Pike Square," in the spirit the Massachusetts Turnpike is known by everybody as the Mass. Pike. I've been a frequent visitor to the area since the 1980s (I worked back when at 101 Huntington). Boylston...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    Direct source: https://www.mbta.com/events/2020-07-23/green-line-e-branch-track-and-intersections-upgrades-virtual-public-meeting https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/2020-07/2020-07-23-GLT-E-branch-meeting-presentation-final.pdf

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