- Oct 8, 2022
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Lots of really interesting stuff in here. You can definitely see the push and pull of the competing ideas and visions.It's out:
Official website of the MBTA -- schedules, maps, and fare information for Greater Boston's public transportation system, including subway, commuter rail, bus routes, and boat lines.www.mbta.com
My very preliminary reaction is a bit less negative on the restoration of some of those lower freq services. Comparing the maps side by side, the May version looks a bit more threadbare, while this version definitely offers more for the “low-freq one-seat” rider — folks who are willing to wait longer/plan around a low-freq schedule in order to avoid transfers. I’m also seeing good (maybe better, idk) coordination of trunk vs branching services — the May version seemed allergic to routes overlapping at all, but overlaps have their place and what I’m seeing in this version looks better on that front.Some good stuff - 87 and 89 restored in Somerville, 39 back to Copley, 47 readded at high frequency and extended to Union Square
Some bad - several existing low-frequency routes restored, removed direct service from Waltham Center to the D Branch
That definitely lays the neighborhood vs. neighborhood tradeoffs here pretty bare, though some of that could simply be people complaining that poor bus service would not be improved, rather than that good service would be lost.
I guess Somerville was lumped in with Charlestown because of Sullivan but it seems more natural to group it with Cambridge, Thats a huge number of comments from those two towns.
I imagine it's gotta be interlined with something ..... maybe the random route that is labeled "Market Place Drive to Watertown and Newton" in the Remix Map. but it's weird that it's not interlined with the 70 - the traditional "trunk"Am I missing something on that proposed Route 61? North Waltham to Market Place Dr/Market Basket is useful for very few people. It must be through-routed with something else, but losing connection to 70, 505, and Central Waltham is disappointing. If it's through routed it should really be signed as alternate routing like the old 70A. The original proposal kept the existing 61 basically intact.
No! Whatever gives you the idea that the T might not be forthright? Oh yeah, everything they do and sayThey're gonna end up with a bunch of BEBs and nowhere to charge them at this rate. The BEB RFP they have out right now has deliveries starting a year from now, but I assume that will be adjusted.
My cynical/MBTA PTSD brain thinks they're waiting for the 4100s to be off the property before announcing a similar delay at North Cambridge -- if not outright cancellation.