Yeah, I think they are a bit too short-sighted with all this, especially the communication. Constantly moving the goalposts, changing the explanation, and flat-out lying to the media and the public is going to increase distrust in the agency. And the last thing the city needs is more people driving their personal vehicles into the city.Does the T not realize the long lasting damage this is going to do? They shut down the entire orange line for a month, and it's still not running as it should. I am sure there are plenty of people who have simply given up on using it and will instead drive to where they need to go. Confidence continues to be shaken in the T and the orange line situation has cascading effects with user's confidence in other lines.
I am probably missing something, or have unrealistic expectations, but why do slow zones even need to exist?
This is absolutely true. All four colors of the MBTA LRT/HRT network set/broke their highest COVID-era ridership days this spring. All but the Orange has since continued to set new COVID-era ridership highs in the months since. Meanwhile, ridership on the Orange Line stagnates as people turned to other modes during the shutdown or remaining issues and stuck with them, and others still have avoided the Orange Line due to its now-ingrained bad reputation surrounding this fiasco. The Orange Line's failures have been on the front page og the Globe multiple times recently. People are avoiding it and it's the MBTA's own fault.Does the T not realize the long lasting damage this is going to do? They shut down the entire orange line for a month, and it's still not running as it should. I am sure there are plenty of people who have simply given up on using it and will instead drive to where they need to go.
Yea we can't find anywhere to put a few rails and ties, so let's collectively waste 1,000 hours of commuters time every day.“The speed limit for the stretch of northbound track between the North Station portal and Community College is currently 10 mph, slower than the 25 mph before the Orange Line shutdown, because of “space constraints and safety considerations” resulting from “excess rail” that is being stored along the right-of-way, Poftak said.”
lm not sure whats worse, if Poftak is lying or telling the truth. Either way, the T continues to be the best automobile ad campaign ever conceived.
How about not storing them there? If they are discarded rails, then discard them. The job isn’t done until it is done. When you are finished with dinner, you wash the pots and pans.The majority of that particular stretch from N. Station to Community College is a tunnel, and when it opens up in Charlestown it's fenced in tightly on either side. Would love to see where the room to store discarded rails is there.
There you go with your real project planning thinking. This is the T, where half-assed rules.How about not storing them there? If they are discarded rails, then discard them. The job isn’t done until it is done. When you are finished with dinner, you wash the pots and pans.
This is so damn ridiculous! They promised that those slow zones would end about a week after the shutdown. That was last month. Now the damn slow zones are going into damn December?!! Who is the brain child that this glue is holding together?!!More Orange line slow zone news:
Some speed restrictions on the Orange Line that have befuddled riders and slowed trips will stay in place into December, more than two months after...whdh.com
Let’s hope that the current management is on the way out.The Charles River tunnel on the Orange Line has to be reaching an age where it requires a major rehabilitation. I hate to think how long it will take and exactly how the current management would make a hash of it.
Railroad.net MBTA page under Orange Line Past thread, you can find several Haymarket North extension pdfs posted by a member. Really cool archival brochures about the whole project. You may find what you’re looking for.Speaking of the orange line tunnel does anyone have any pictures or information about it being built. Ive never really heard or found much about it. The extremely old blue line subway tunnels under the harbor are pretty well documented as theyre historic, and the red line fort point tunnel and ted williams are pretty well documented due to them being the most recent and part of the big dig. On wikipedia theres just a short mention of the orange line tunnel and it doesnt even say what year it was completed. Im guessing late 70s or early 80s? Was it an immersed tube tunnel or tbm?