Not a Brahmin
- Jan 22, 2012
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The cavalry's coming for Medford Sq. after GLX begats the north-region Better Bus revamp. Those will be pretty exciting (if chaotic) community meetings hashing out the route possibilities.Your Green line branch to Medford center is (currently) a waste of resources. Past Assembly, Mystic ave is barren outside of industrial, car dealerships, and some scant food establishments. I get it, because it's a wide open space that gets you to Medford center, but in my opinion, it's no better than the Northern Strand because 50% of its catchment is the river. In this case it would be the highway and the river. According to the better bus data on the 95 bus, there are just 400 riders Mystic ave down into Sullivan.
Now, could the area be redeveloped into a more functional (read: density) main road? Maybe? But that is squarely flood zone on both sides. One could argue that if Wollaston can get the red line, Mystic Ave should be approachable for the Green, but Wollaston was built years ago and the grade separation is above the flood zone. Street running trolley would be different as would developers willing to build into a flood zone given the discussions around climate change.
I would shore up bus service with lanes to boot and leave it at that in perpetuity. Given this is god mode, my solution for Medford center would be to take Fellsway north and then tunnel under the former right of way into Medford center (the branching orange line that people seem to favor).
Appears to be a Train Sim type thing for LRT/HRT. You design your way straight into an ops bottleneck then figure out the mitigation strategies. Really useful for teaching about capacity management vs. demand.Well-timed with the opening of this thread, I came across this announcement for a new game that looks like it would be right up our collective alley.
Lowell to the Tewksbury/Andover line would be a bit difficult but doable, but Tewksbury/Andover to Lawrence is pretty much already there and preserved (some steep hills but nothing a bike can't handle.) Lawrence to Haverhill looks pretty simple, and there are some signs of bike paths already in place. Haverhill to Newbury would be the biggest challenge, ROW-wise. You'd need to be God to get that portion done.I just want a bike trail that follows the Merrimack from Newburyport to Lowell.
Since I’m God, maybe I’d even see the trail extended to Manchester or Concord with beautiful waterfronts and parks in all of the cities along the way.
There's some movement afoot east-of-Bradford to finally infill the rail trail gap. Hinges on cleanup of a toxic factory site before they can continue east of MA 125 onto the power line ROW. That'll get you as far as Groveland on the riverbanks. Essex Rail Trail from there currently direct-connects straight to Newburyport, albeit at cost of a dip away from the river into Georgetown.Lowell to the Tewksbury/Andover line would be a bit difficult but doable, but Tewksbury/Andover to Lawrence is pretty much already there and preserved (some steep hills but nothing a bike can't handle.) Lawrence to Haverhill looks pretty simple, and there are some signs of bike paths already in place. Haverhill to Newbury would be the biggest challenge, ROW-wise. You'd need to be God to get that portion done.
This is truly "God-level", what with changing the physical properties of the earth -- love it.If I were God, I would eliminate all the soil/water table/other underground obstacles to make tunneling cheaper and easier in Boston than anywhere else on earth.
With that out of the way, let's build some Crossrail lines:
To me, this is what the long-term vision for the Blue Line ought to be. It undeniably gets tricky to decide the best route (via Kendall, Central, MIT, Storrow, or even Stuart Street), and both the Mass Pike and the Charles River create some unusual "density canyons" as you head out west -- but the Blue Line hits MGH, the Financial District, and the Airport, and obviously as the only stub-ended heavy rail line left, is the only one that could have capacity for this, anyway.If I were God, I'd deep-bore a heavy rail east-west subway line from Watertown Square to South Station, then out to the South Boston Waterfront using the existing bus tunnel. A major stop would be at the proposed West Station. Boston is sadly lacking a true east-west heavy rail subway,
It just gets silly though... why constrain yourself to physics if you're a god?This is truly "God-level", what with changing the physical properties of the earth -- love it.
I was planning to punt on that question, but since you bring it up... I'd keep Jackson Square as a spacer between Ruggles and Forest Hills. Green, Egleston, Dudley, and Northampton areThis is truly "God-level", what with changing the physical properties of the earth -- love it.
One question would be how do you maintain service levels at the old Orange Line stations along the NEC? Would some of your Franklin/Providence/South Coast services really stop every half-mile? Would you institute short-turn Urban Rail service to 128 or something? Or just abandon some/all of the stations all together?
I assume your Washington Street subway would meet up with the NEC at Forest Hills and then consume the Needham Line from there?