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  1. Brattle Loop

    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I don't know if anything's changed since they first announced the plans for this, but at the time (as I recall) it was discussed in one of these threads that the official plans didn't even call for sufficient BEBs to cover the trackless trolley service in the first place, meaning that removing...
  2. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Probably because the politics of it would be disastrous. Eminent domaining houses to build a transit line is the kind of proposal that would get the NIMBYs screaming their heads off (are they still "NIMBYs" if it's more "Not In My Living Room"?) to the point of quite possibly upsetting the...
  3. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Pretty convoluted way of getting to Lynn. Hard to see what the benefits are that would outweigh the costs compared to the easier paths of extending north from Wonderland. Branching the Red Line south of the major transfer node at Harvard seems like it would be a bad idea. Attempting to branch...
  4. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    It's unfortunate that the Needham Line's best replacement option effectively precludes the option of HRT on the Highland Branch, at least without screwing over at least one of the other CR services. That said, if SCR Phase II gets killed off by Phase I collapsing under the weight of its...
  5. Brattle Loop

    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    CSX owns the B&A west of Worcester. The MBTA (as far as I know) has no trackage rights, no right to operate (...which is part of why the baked in assumption is that Amtrak will operate the damn thing, because they don't have to bother with that concern because federal law gives them right of...
  6. Brattle Loop

    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    The height of the EMU is of no consequence. F-Line, as he does so well, laid out what the existing standards are and the clearances that are required as a result. I don't think there's any question that there's sufficient clearance for wires over a KISS or any other EMU we might theoretically...
  7. Brattle Loop

    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    That MassDOT clearly wasn't particularly interested in East-West (and, per Baker & Co. practice sandbagged the cost numbers) doesn't inherently mean everything in that white paper or any other documents they put out is necessarily wrong. The MBTA (and MassDOT proper) doesn't own the former...
  8. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Interesting. I'm pretty fuzzy on the history of who built, owned, and operated what in that era. Especially with a double-branch LRT Blue Line, and no meaningful room for a turnback at Scollay/Government (and no easily-identifiable place for one until possibly Kenmore or maybe somewhere around...
  9. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Mildly off-topic but a neat historical footnote: [Crazy?] Transit Pitches existed long before ArchBoston, such as this 1903 Boston Transit Commission plan to connect the East Boston Tunnel to the Central Subway. The Blue-Green Connector that never was (and we're probably much better off for it.)
  10. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I agree with the fact that status quo bias has a big impact. That said, I don't necessarily agree with the Stockholm Syndrome comment about car dependency. The lack of transit options and over-focus on highways undoubtedly caused (and continues to cause) car dependency for many, in many places...
  11. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Unfortunately the manner in which a lot of those highways got built (especially in urban areas) left a very bad taste in a lot of people's mouths. It's hard to build political will for a vision when there's hordes of NIMBYs (some of whom may have a point, some who don't) screaming at you over...
  12. Brattle Loop

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

    I suppose. Moving into the Transit Pitches threads territory. Regardless of how the terminal situation could be resolved, no rapid transit can use that track until and unless something is resolved with respect to the freight rights. Time-sharing is possible, but would require approval from the...
  13. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Only way to get there without going under the Red Line probably involves the river crossing going up Broad Canal and then tunneling under Broad Canal Way. The question I can't answer is whether the Blue Line can handle the curves from Broad Canal Way onto Third, and then Third onto Broadway, and...
  14. Brattle Loop

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

    How can anything off of Track 61 get down to Ellery Street to begin with? Per Google Maps there doesn't appear to be sufficient room on the ROW next to the Old Colony track to fit a shuttle track and platform. The longer that transfer, especially if it's exposed to the elements and/or outside of...
  15. Brattle Loop

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

    Operationally, splitting the Red Line at Columbia Junction is probably feasible. Each of the two branches south of there only sustains half the headways of the main trunk, should be plenty of capacity to stuff some more runs in on one or both of them to feed another branch north of the junction...
  16. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Hello again and thank you for another well-written post. I agree that most of us in this thread have heard of most if not all of the ideas you discussed, but as with the previous posts in your series it is quite useful to have them compiled together for easy reference, so there's considerable...
  17. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I for one don't particularly care about whether it meets any particular standard of "BRT"-ness. If it can run better outside the Transitway rather than in it, that's an improvement. (I'm not taking the position that it necessarily would.) Makes me wonder if a Summer Street stop is close enough...
  18. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Oh for a political climate in which this was possible 😞
  19. Brattle Loop

    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Yeah, the only really crazy part of transforming the SL1 into an LRT line is that it would need a new harbor tunnel. The rest (I might suggest some elevated sections rather than street running even in dedicated lanes, at the airport) is not all that much of a stretch, at least compared to the...
  20. Brattle Loop

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

    The T just posted new "Winter Adjusted Schedules" for a couple of lines reducing Commuter Rail service on account of "COVID-19 impact on workforce availability". Framingham and Reading short-turns have been eliminated (with some Worcester and Haverhill trains making all stops to backfill)...

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