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    Blue Line extension to Lynn

    ZIP Codes or Census tracts might be useful boundaries here. The other way to approach this is based on walkshed and “busshed” — how many people would have meaningful access to each station.
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    Fantasy T maps

    Another blog post in the making! But yes, my preference is to take a page out of New York’s book and color based on route through the core (Back Bay, Park St, Grand Junction etc).
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    Fantasy T maps

    Ah, so I've found my next blog post topic! @KCasiglio is spot on: Google Maps is a great place to get started. You can zoom in and zoom out so that you can plan out very detailed, fiddly precise alignments ("Can I fit a 2 track ROW between these buildings?"), you can use the satellite view to...
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    Blue Line extension to Lynn

    Cheers @BeyondRevenue, glad you liked the name. Just to be clear, I don’t particularly feel it’s vital to restore service specifically via the BRB&L ROW. I am largely agnostic on which alignment to use, though my perception is that going along the commuter rail line would be more feasible, both...
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    Fantasy T maps

    Is it a Reasonable Transit Pitch? Is it a Crazy Transit Pitch? No -- it's an absolute Rule-Of-Cool Fever-Dream Transit Crayon Map™. I present: Project Blue Lace. Imgur link for full map and full ridiculousness. ("Project Blue Lace" -- rhymes with "shoe lace". Get it? I really should be...
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    Fantasy T maps

    I can't remember which report it was in (I can go looking if anyone is dying to know), but there was a visualization of commuter steam railroad ridership into Boston circa, I dunno, 1910? Anyway -- the ridership from what is now the Braintree Branch was wildly high, even back then. You know...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    In my opinion, if there ends up being excess capacity on the NEC (for whatever reason), it should be reallocated to regional rail services -- to Westwood/128, to Dedham/Norwood, and to Providence. For example, Franklin Line services (both commuter services past Walpole as well as...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    This week's post gets into the "fun stuff" -- specifically, where do we go after Kenmore or Kendall? There are three major ideas that get thrown around, and which all, in my opinion, are somewhat "crazy" but still "reasonable" enough to distinguish them from (for example) replacing GLX with...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Great to see you again, F-Line, and thanks as always for the great info. As for where to go after Kenmore, I think you’ll like the next two posts I’ve got coming…
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Don't forget -- these Blue-Green connections pre-date the proposals for the subway extension to Post Office Square. So in this counterfactual alternate history where the East Boston Tunnel was hooked into the Tremont Street Subway, it's possible that the Post Office Square Subway would later...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Yeah, it's been on my to-do list for a while now to game out how a system like that would've developed over the ensuing 100 years. (I actually did it once already, but misunderstood the proposal and thought it was supposed to be a total reroute away from Haymarket... but it's clear it was meant...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Just wanted to briefly respond to some of @Brattle Loop's comments (and much appreciation for your kind words and engagement!): Thanks for this. Yes, this is my general recollection as well, although in my review of some of the oldest posts in (I think) this thread, I believe there were...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    ^ Is actually a pretty enchanting image. I know I've said this before, but that'd make a great children's story. "All the trains tucked in for the night", etc etc.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    I'd suggest raising this in Reasonable Transit Pitches.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'm continuing my series about extending the Blue Line west beyond Charles/MGH. This week's post discusses possible "first phases" for such an extension, toward Kenmore or toward Kendall. I have to admit, I struggled a bit with this part of the series. There really are just two options that are...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    A third Ted Williams tunnel for transit is one of those moonshot items that would be transformative but also incredibly expensive. Of course, if we want to talk really crazy... Convert one existing TWT bore to two-way auto traffic, and convert the other into a transitway: LRT, BRT, express...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Correct, at least as my thinking. The immediate right turn does make a longer route -- about 3,800 feet vs 2,000 feet from the intersection of D & ramp -- but it potentially could be faster, especially if (hoping against hope) we can get transit lanes on I-90 in the relevant sections. Fair...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Yeah we're basically in agreement -- the devil will be in the details, especially with respect to the transfer. Of course, I also would like to see bus lanes on Summer Street and/or Congress Street, and I think when that happens, it'll be worth re-evaluating sending express buses from Logan via...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    @Brattle Loop, yeah, my idle musing assumed no connection to the Tremont Subway at all. It wasn't a serious proposal, and was really just meant to highlight the unlikelihood of being able to create a sealed automated metro line out of the current Green Line infrastructure. Totally agree about...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    It was discussed in the 2003 PMT (pg 5C-32 and 5C-33, pg 158 in the Report PDF). Vanshnookenraggen also included it on a couple of his early maps way back when. Yeah, the fact that Red-Blue is relatively new is wild to me, all the more so since there was a hot second (well, a few years) when...

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