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    Fantasy T maps

    I have two heretical thoughts regarding the above list: 1) Branching Orange not at Sullivan, but at Wellington (for the sake of hopping east to Everett's Broadway corridor). While Malden Center is a big bus hub, quite a bit of that bus traffic is people transferring to the Orange Line from...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    So if we're talking about LRT from Mattapan up Blue Hill Ave, would it be worth it to wiggle up Warren St to Nubian and up Washington St to downtown? You'd end up a GL branch to Ashmont (via Nubian and Mattapan). You eliminate the isolated fleet, the only tricky part is figuring out how to go...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Because Amtrak through-running all of their Boston service means they no longer need to maintain a yard in downtown Boston, which sits on some of the most valuable real estate in the country?
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    The North and South Station stops are a side effect of using the NSRL for through-running, not a "spread the wealth" objective. Having two or three Chicago stops would not be completely unprecedented? It's not that different to Acela stopping in both NYC and Newark. You wouldn't do it for...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'm not aware of an HSR route that does a Boston-to-Chicago length journey with zero intermediate stops. A dozen stops along a thousand-mile corridor isn't going to tank the travel time on its own.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    For any GJ project (CR, LRT, or otherwise) the only NIMBY that really matters is MIT. This isn't the type of thing where the Smalltown Neighborhood Association is fighting against bulldozing Grandma Murphy's house and paving over the Local Historically Preserved Gas Station. You're dealing with...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Just saying, putting electrified CR underneath the GJ would probably go down easier with the NIMBYs (and possibly reduce the vibration issue?). It's not as if Cambridge/MIT lacks money or engineering talent. The Red Line is an issue, but it's cut and cover so it's not extremely deep. Maybe 50...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Why is it physically impossible? What's to stop you from digging a trench from Cambridge St to the southern end of Vassar St? You could cap it with a bike path and Cantabrigians would love it. I'm not saying it would be simple but it doesn't seem like it'd be impossible.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    A post-NSRL crayon in which we use the Grand Junction to send Worcester Line trains to North Station, pairing them with Providence Line trains on the other edge. This does a few things: Resolves some of the North/South NSRL balance issues, since Worcester and Providence are two of the...
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    South Station Tower | South Station Air Rights | Downtown

    Putting that much parking on top of the state's primary rail and bus hub just feels like a slap in the face.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    My crazy Blue Line tinker de jour has been to branch it at Kenmore in two directions: 1) Watertown via West Station, Harvard, Mt Auburn Hospital, and Arsenal; 2) Neponset via LMA, Jamaicaway (eating the tail end of the E), Arborway, Forest Hills, Morton St, and Gallivan. Neither of these...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Those very same NIMBYs will scream even louder if you propose undoing the damage done by those very same urban highways. A lot of it is status quo bias and car dependency Stockholm Syndrome.
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    100% this. One of the more radicalizing experiences of my life was living in Nanjing for several years and watching the city open an entirely new subway line every year for four years straight. There are some legitimate reasons why it's harder here but 80% of it is really political will...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    One snag is that the GL-X to Grand Junction connection is complicated by having to not only deal with Fitchburg, but also the constraints of the McGrath Highway bridge being right on top of the whole thing. It's not an impossible fix but probably will be fairly expensive no matter how you do...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Welp. Guess it's time for another fiddly Green Line crayon. This one is just going to focus on the Southside, so no North Shore adventures this time around. An Overview: *The B Line is kinda-sorta also the A Line now, in that it ends up going to Watertown via Newton Corner! *The C Line is...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Some fun ideas here. One tricky thing about Red Line Fairmount is that HRT conversion means you can no longer use it as the "back up route" for the Northeast Corridor if the NEC is under construction or has any kind of blockage/accident. Fairmount deserves much higher frequency service but it's...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Thanks for the feedback, definitely some things to think about C Line grades: I'll admit to being guilty of 2D crayonista sins here and not fully considering the 3D picture. That said, wouldn't the Blue Line--which is already built around trolley geometry to some extent--be relatively...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    Here's a combined Blue/Green "rethreading" crayon that I've been working on for a bit. I'll go into specifics on the various parts below. Blue is the simpler one to explain, so we'll start there. Blue Southside: -After the Red/Blue connector, Blue continues along the Esplanade to Kenmore (as...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Double-tracking Quincy Center is part of the recommendations. It's on page 15 of the report.
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    FYI - Alon goes by they/them pronouns, not he/him.

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