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Regardless of how "Historically Accurate" it would be on a passenger locomotive, a red-and-yellow Minuteman F40 would be brilliant for the Northside. For the south side, the McGuinness red/white/black New Haven scheme is taken, but what about the old navy blue+yellow script one?Well, it's trendy with NJ Transit doing it. And if anyone trawls the outer Fitchburg Line often enough to see Norfolk Southern intermodal trains run, NS has the most extensive series of heritage loco paints in the industry honoring the innumerable defunct RR's that were absorbed (X many times removed) into their network, with those units on regular rotation on the Patriot Corridor. And their paint shop at famous Altoona Works RR shops is so good they're almost always spot-on accurate (because they'll hear about it from a rabid army of HO-scale foamers if a single line is non-authentic).
I'm just not sure what would quality as "T heritage". It's been variations on the same purple scheme with few radical changes ever since they first first equipment purchases in the late-70's. The Boston & Maine heritage on the northside is hard to replicate because the Budd RDC's were all- stainless steel with just logo decals, no "paint". Their only paint jobs--both the blue-dip paint w/ BM logo and the earlier red w/yellow stripes and Minuteman logo were freight-only jobs, with the steam era basically being non-schemed dull colors that absorbed soot well.
Southside you've got the good old NYNH&H interlocking NH, but State of Connecticut already wears that as its home scheme. Most Boston & Albany trains ran in pool fleet with their corporate owners New York Central...sometimes stickered with the cherry-red B&A logo over whatever the prevailing NYC scheme of the day was, but usually not. (pre- D Line Brookline Village, mid-1950's). . .
And, well...the less said about the Penn Central era in Boston the better.
McGuinness scheme was rolled out for the diesel era. Scripted scheme was phased out with steam (though it lasted on coaches for awhile). Script era had no particularly well-defined color scheme, but navy green was used more often than not on passenger livery and dull clay red on freight cars. Steam locos were almost uniformly black across the industry for all the soot the accumulated, heavyweight steel coaches tended to be dark colors unlike today's exposed stainless steel or aluminum and also so they could wear soot well.Regardless of how "Historically Accurate" it would be on a passenger locomotive, a red-and-yellow Minuteman F40 would be brilliant for the Northside. For the south side, the McGuinness red/white/black New Haven scheme is taken, but what about the old navy blue+yellow script one?
That flyer pre-dates the service downgrade to forced Boylston Under transfer from both halves of the circuit...so unfortunately real thru-and-thru service ended up being a pipe dream once the tunnel design started collapsing on itself. Ended up too heinously slow to chunk together a complete service plan. Seaport would've still been enormously better off by getting their Orange and Green transfers to relieve the Red overloading that's killing us today, but Washington (surprise-surprise) would've totally gotten shaftted getting no Orange or Red touches whatsoever behind fare control with Boylston being the forced end of their service pattern. Equal or better my arse.If there had ever been a way to build phase III or otherwise achieve the station listing/service pattern on that flyer, the Silver Line might actually have been a somewhat decent thing. But the lack of through connectivity for both branches is a real service killer.
Given the way they view bus topics over at railroad.net, I'm somewhat shocked you weren't banned right on the spot (with the thread disappearing into the void), rather than years later.but somewhere on RR.net's broken search function you'll find newbie-poster 2005 me going through the Seven Stages of "What is this I don't even?. . ." in real time at the skull-crushing inanity of the latest project revelations.
Hating on the Silver Line was fully allowed and encouraged as Corollary #7.2.b of the bus rule.Given the way they view bus topics over at railroad.net, I'm somewhat shocked you weren't banned right on the spot (with the thread disappearing into the void), rather than years later.
It says m ticket activations and not people with passes. Driving is way faster now and probably cheaper if downtown parking places cut rates.CR = thought work (or able to park at the office when they do go?)
...and right on cue, Concern Trollmaster-in-Chief Pollack floats slamming the brakes on the Rail Vision buildout: https://commonwealthmagazine.org/tr...loats-idea-of-slowing-commuter-rail-makeover/On the same day that the state spent $159 million on South Coast Rail (out of $1,050 million total for the first phase alone), the GM report included this graph:
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Red, Orange, Green, and Silver all between 5-10% of normal ridership, Blue at 15%, and bus at 20%. Commuter rail, meanwhile, is below 1%.
No, no, no, no! Ridership will rebound much faster when there is frequent, reliable, and reasonably priced service. You don't wait for ridership to build on an ill suited, over priced service that doesn't work for most people.Pollack floated the idea that it may make sense to push the expensive commuter rail overhaul further into the future, giving ridership a chance to slowly rebound and creating a dynamic that would give rail operators a greater incentive to bid on the project.
What did you expect her to say? She's a loyal foot soldier, and never wastes an opportunity to sow F.U.D. on a project her boss is getting bent back by public pressure into carrying at arm's length. The other members of the FCMB seem to have long ago taken to ignoring her when she's playing the heel because it's too transparently obvious what the game is (ditto Pioneer-lackey Poftak's simulcast supporting statements), and it's pretty unfathomable that she--or Baker for that matter--have the stomach to sign on for another 4-year prison term at this. They've both looked/felt exhausted ever since the RMV scandal of last year, and the current crisis certainly isn't conducive to that rejuvenation feeling.No, no, no, no! Ridership will rebound much faster when there is frequent, reliable, and reasonably priced service. You don't wait for ridership to build on an ill suited, over priced service that doesn't work for most people.
Ridership won't rebound if people don't need to go to the office, either because they are working from home or are laid off. I personally think demand will return but it's not a given.No, no, no, no! Ridership will rebound much faster when there is frequent, reliable, and reasonably priced service. You don't wait for ridership to build on an ill suited, over priced service that doesn't work for most people.