- Apr 28, 2020
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I generally agree. I think my real question was a very technical wondering about the impact (because while I don't recall the specifics, I know F-Line suggested provisions for absorbing the lost Storrow capacity on the Pike, and since the SFR section was out-of-scope on Riverbank-to-Kenmore I don't think there was any similar discussion). It'd obviously be part of the project if we built something like this, but that doesn't mean we need all the answers right now (especially if a goal is to simply eliminate some road capacity for its own sake in favor of transit).As for closing SFR/Storrow from Cambridge Street (in Allston) to the Hatch Shell, yes it would be an impact on traffic. But it boils down to what will Boston be working towards: auto-centric or transit-centric. I would opt for an HRT Blue Line with a widened riverside esplanade rather than perpetuate a 1950s Robert Moses vision of expressways through a park. That includes the Charlesgate overpass and its spaghetti interchange with SFR as well. Get rid of them all and beef up the transit system with this BLX extension to help make up for the loss of expressway lanes.
LRT over the GJ would replace the RR mode that's already provisioned-for through there, so BLX would be on top of GJ in any event (because if it's not LRT, no way does the T give it up for the sake of BLX space, even if CSX were dumb enough to let them). That said, while I agree that there's certainly technical solutions, I was more thinking that trying to run yet another thing through that throat section would be a political/public/stakeholder nightmare moreso than specifically an unsurmountable engineering obstacle. (I'd go for the elevated version there myself; the views of the Charles would be very nice.)For the West Station, space will be tight whether an LRV line comes in from the Grand Junction ROW, or my proposed BLX route comes in, or both. One option is to route the BLX on an elevated structure one level up from the West Station, and possibly over Cambridge Street as well if need be.