Any fantasy map that doesn't include GL to Seaport in Piers Transitway Tunnel - one way or another - isn't "realistic" enough in my fantasy book.Pretty sure that is the fantasy map that was posted to Reddit last year. Boy I hope the show gave the creator credit or royalties (though I doubt it).
It is a very pretty map. Some new ideas in there -- a fair number of the particulars are crazy (Green Line to North End, I'm looking at you) -- but I really like the overall vision. Am particularly keen on the way the Silver Line is envisioned -- basically as a proper class of BRT service, as opposed to a single/branching line.
Or at least show the stations that receive frequent service. Which stations get fairly reliable 20-30 minute headways throughout the day?I'm really partial to the idea of branding service to Framingham, Stoughton, Brockton and Lowell on the rapid transit map. Yes, there are a whole bunch of caveats here, but each of those cities is less than 25 miles away from downtown and would, under most proposals, have multiple trains an hour. There would need to be a marketing campaign to introduce this as a middle tier of service -- not quite walk-up rapid transit, but still worlds away from today's commuter rail, and a major convenience and access improvement. BART, for comparison, runs service as far as 30 miles out from downtown SF on 15-20 minute headways, which is not that far removed from what we are talking about here.
That's fair enough, though it is interesting how this map really proposes a de-emphasis on the Green Line, compared to most ideas we discuss here. The Urban Ring is totally segregated into an LRT Yellow Line and a BRT Silver Line. The Riverside Line is eaten by the Blue, and both the A and E are restored to their original destinations. It's much more of a streetcar-centered service (the reservations on Beacon, Commonwealth and Huntington notwithstanding).Any fantasy map that doesn't include GL to Seaport in Piers Transitway Tunnel - one way or another - isn't "realistic" enough in my fantasy book.
In the "technically correct is the best kind of correct!" sense, it's a crazy pitch...but not an impossibly "wacky" one. Blue wrapping around itself in a boomerang to go to West Medford was the final study Alternative for the original GLX study from 15+ years ago. Basically little more than one of those placebo alts. they stick in studies to refine the numbers for the 'serious' alts., where they had no real-world intention of ever picking Blue for the job.Hmmm. Blue Line to Woburn? Indeed, "wacky," but I love it.
I see you like three-way interchanges -- what say you add a third leg to that wye at Kendall on the Blue Line, double up service on those branches by running some trains from Waltham to Woburn?
The crazy Volpe site Kendall station isn't at the junction though, so putting platforms on the Grand Junction wouldn't be part of that complex. Inasmuch as I've thought out the Dudley three-way interchange superstation, it's a three platform, two level deal. We're in wacky territory though so choose your own adventureI see you like three-way interchanges -- what say you add a third leg to that wye at Kendall on the Blue Line, double up service on those branches by running some trains from Waltham to Woburn?
That's exactly where it goes on the wacky map. To Anderson. I don't think Winchester is dense enough for HRT either. That's why I only include it on a WACKY map.The problem with extending the Blue up to Woburn, is that the ROW to Woburn Center doesn't exist anymore. You could bring it to Anderson, that'll serve more park and ride than walk up ridership. Also Winchester isn't dense enough for heavy rail rapid transit imo.
I think light rail transit would work in Winchester, although money would be better spent extending the Orange Line out to Melrose to the north or West Roxbury/Roslindale to the south.That's exactly where it goes on the wacky map. To Anderson. I don't think Winchester is dense enough for HRT either. That's why I only include it on a WACKY map.
Winchester Center would be the theoretical GLX terminus at a full build, mostly because it's the only place the Commuter Rail can have a transfer to the trolley. Green would eat West Medford and Wedgemere. Maybe have an infill near Mystic Lakes.I think light rail transit would work in Winchester, although money would be better spent extending the Orange Line out to Melrose to the north or West Roxbury/Roslindale to the south.
I do still lurk form time to time. Got a job as an Architectural Designer in Vermont right around when I stopped posting, moved up here and have a massive piece of land and falling apart house. With all that my time is 150% spoken for, I haven't logged in until now. But it rained all day today, and since I spent so much freaking time researching and planning and mapping these routes, and someone asked about them... here's whatever I could quickly dig up of my transifestoA couple more, believe they're both from DaveM (is he still floating around on here? Haven't seen him in awhile.)