- Jan 13, 2018
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This makes so much sense! I would love to see this starting funding and planning yesterday! Especially with all the development planned for the Needham Street corridor in Newton!
That's actually fewer than officially proposed. City of Newton wants another spacer before Upper Falls. It's a weakish one that probably won't survive the cut, but they're advocating for it.
I 100% agree. I think it would make sense to extend the Green Line to Needham Heights ASAP, at a Commuter Rail adjacent terminus, with one infill stop at Newton Upper Falls. That way, a cheaper extension gets built, ridership patterns can be further studied, and the next phases can be planned.
Most probablyRIP, Hersey station?
In any GL scenario, it's assumed that the 59 bus would be rerouted away from its route duplication. Sending it down Great Plain Ave. from Needham Center would end up scooping Hersey.RIP, Hersey station?
With 128 and the Charles so close together there, it's hard to come up with a good solution for stop consolidation.
I wonder what those frequencies would look like. Split the current Riverside frequencies between Riverside and Needham? Run both at 6-8 minute headway and short-turn one of those branches at Kenmore?Length of trip really is no convenience for what gapped-out hell subsists for a Commuter Rail schedule. Besides Needham's natural travel orientation being more towards Newton, it's all about the frequencies. Multiple studies have already affirmed that.
Are you suggesting that the New England Business Center's (I believe now rebranding to Needham Crossing) stakeholders are advocating for the project? Or are you suggesting that would be a high enough ridership location to warrant a stop?With 128 and the Charles so close together there, it's hard to come up with a good solution for stop consolidation.
Maybe put Upper Falls west of Oak Street with a bridge over the river to NEBC? I feel like NEBC is one of the big proponents of the project though.
Because there isn't enough ridership in Needham to support it. It also may not end up being that cheap to add a second track and third rail through Cutler Park if environmentalists start suing. There are also more convenient park and ride locations in the areas to the North and South of a potential 128 infill stop, so it isn't likely to generate sufficient new ridership either. Even if the town turned Needham Golf Club into a Northland-style development (not gonna happen), it would be tough to justify.Why would you not keep orange going down the commuter rail ROW so that orange and green meet at Needham Junction? Since the track already exists, it should be cheap to do, right?