- May 11, 2012
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Just from what I have read so far there is no realistic plan for actually doing this in the next decade. Picking a less expensive option that would have been more doable in the nearer term like DMU service for a few stops would have actually put pressure on the state to pull together the money to do this in the next 5 to 10 years. Choosing the 15 to 20 year option kicks the can down the road. Good to have a longer term vision, but not worth much.How so?
"Down the road" was always going to include BOTH a 20 year fleet-replacement cycle AND a yards-and-shops upgrade AND a level-boarding platforms/clearances project
We can't get to level boarding and single-level EMUs all that quickly, and we can't string wire all that quickly.
Moving "down the road" is going to require a phased implementation. F-Line and FMCB each have their engineering-or-political reasons why they choose the phases they do, but everybody agrees (don't we?) that it is all going to happen about 1-line-at-a-time.
Electrification starts with the north Providence yard and EMU rolling stock for the Providence Line, and immediately frees up a whole bunch of Krotems.
Hopefully the pace will represent enough new capacity that the Krotems can be redeployed into (Northside) lines and yards that are ready for more-frequent but not-quite-EMU-endgame frequency.