Crazy Transit Pitches (Maine Edition)

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I really wonder if BRT implementation in Portland would be a catalyst for other, larger NE cities (Worcester, New Haven, etc) to start their own BRT projects. If a little Maine city of 67,000 people could do it, why couldn't 185,000 Worcester do it? I know the completion of the CT Fastrack in Hartford got Springfield (which is only 20 or so miles north) studying BRT corridors on State Street/Boston Road.
 

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I know the completion of the CT Fastrack in Hartford got Springfield (which is only 20 or so miles north) studying BRT corridors on State Street/Boston Road.
In spite of itself. The cost overruns and corruption on CTFastrak alone could've had a chilling effect on BRT nationwide if it didn't (somewhat) surprise on initial ridership. And I would only call that one *metastable*, because if the NEC FUTURE study had given more serious thought to Midland HSR via Hartford (i.e. what CT pols actually dearly want instead of the I-95 HSR route) the public would become way better acquainted with how Amtrak completely bent over and robbed ConnDOT blind on the lease terms for co-running on the Springfield Line ROW, and how ex-Gov. Malloy rammed it through bang-bang to escape scrutiny over just how bad the deal was. The lease is revokable at-will and without penalty by Amtrak...which means if they ever need to insert Track 3 for any reason whatsoever the Fastrack busway gets instantly evicted over half of its total length, infrastructure bulldozed in the process. Generally terrible all-around precedent, even though right now it's working more or less as intended. 25 years from now...your guess on whether future needs force a pickle.
 

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