This specific rebuild broke ground in 2017.Someone remind me which century they started this rebuild project in?
So...West Station in 2054, amirite?
(Since I don't know the track numbers) Is the idea "general flexibility" (and you'll never know which platform CR will be on, or is it more like giving Amtrak the center track and having the CR run on the two outside tracks?The new CR platform. Existing island is in the distance touching the other 2 tracks.
Somebody else might correct me on this, but I'm pretty sure this is right:(Since I don't know the track numbers) Is the idea "general flexibility" (and you'll never know which platform CR will be on, or is it more like giving Amtrak the center track and having the CR run on the two outside tracks?
Needham traditionally runs bi-directional on Tk. 3 into the island platform to keep the amount of crossing over it has to do between Back Bay and Forest Hills to barest possible minimum. Until Amtrak re-did the signal system in 2001 for PTC that was also the only non- cab signaled track on the NEC, as the T used to have a large installed base on the southside of non-cabbed equipment for Needham and (pre- Worcester extension) Framingham turns. So that Needham track assignment was also rote-mandatory for the first 14 years the SW Corridor was open, whereas since then it's merely been customary because of the mandatory Ruggles stop. Providence/Stoughton, Franklin, and Amtrak hug the other two...which is why Providence/Stoughton and Franklin skipped it up to 30% of the time.(Since I don't know the track numbers) Is the idea "general flexibility" (and you'll never know which platform CR will be on, or is it more like giving Amtrak the center track and having the CR run on the two outside tracks?
No...because as per few posts up the track assignments in the SW Corridor tunnel are the chokehold and service increases anywhere else that start forcing crossover games at meets worsen the problem. Getting to the branch in one piece is the sum total of the problem, so it doesn't in the end matter what you do once you're on the branch.Would OLX to Roslindale Village take some of the load off of the Needham Line? Obviously, that project would have many other advantages, but I'm specifically wondering about the context of an overloaded NEC.
On one hand, you don't want CR service loss for those in West Roxbury and Needham. On the other hand, you would have much better bus -> OL transfers for riders in those neighborhoods.
Would any of these stations change location under OLX, or would all remain the same spot?For the OLX stations, Rozzie Sq. would be a big one needing substantial busway...but the land is already available if they trade the parking glut for facilities space. Bellevue and Highland are in-the-pit station analogues like the lesser GLX intermediates, and W. Rox is an East Somerville analogue for being perched on a side-street overpass. But with no side-by-side or path accommodations required at any of them. The probable VFW Pkwy. terminus (kind of a gimme add since it's en route to the storage yard) can be a little sprawlier with parking because Home Depot is the only land barter required for that add. The ROW, while very tight-looking in spots especially in the pit around Highland/Bellevue, was indeed double-track into the 1950's and tri-track between Forest Hills and Rozzie Depot. It only looks narrower because of the re-centered track and an additional top coat of ballast dumped on during the 1986 line rebuild to create better side drainage. No structural touches required...probably just some catchbasin installs on the sides for equal-or-better drainage @ DT width.
No...doubtful any would change because they're all well within rapid transit spacing. Same number of stops, just possible shifts to re-center on the street corners where the bus transfers are. For example, Bellevue 500 ft. west by the W. Rox Pkwy. rotary, Highland 500+ ft. west to Centre St., W. Roxbury 1000 ft. west behind Star Market so bus routes splitting @ Center/Spring have a busway to turn out to. Inconsequential streamlining like that. Bellevue and Highland are currently on side streets because they used to have old RR depot buildings hosting neighborhood business, and W. Roxbury is where it is because of the old Temple St. junction split between the Dedham and Needham forks. That historical residue, in the form of Bellevue & Highland's small parking lots and W. Rox's somewhat odd station spacing, isn't needed anymore. OLX doesn't have to relocate any of them, but optimized station sitings can/should be studied just to see if there are better multimodal fits on those blocks positioning-wise.^ This question has come up in discussions around here over the years. If memory serves, the prevailing wisdom is the Roslindale Village and West Roxbury would stay pretty much where they are, but that Bellevue and Highland might be consolidated.