Route 128 and Canton Junction have pretty heavy ridership so it wouldn't surprise me if that factored into their decision to reduce the cars.sonicdoommario wrote:Under the old schedule, Providence train 811 (3:30PM from South Station), had a 6 bi-level car train set. The similar train is train 817 now (3:25PM from South Station). I've noticed that this train normally has 4 bi-levels/2 flats.
The biggest difference is that the old 811 was an all-stop train from South Station to Providence. The new 817 is a Ruggles to Sharon express (skipping Hyde Park/128/Canton Junction), and goes all the way down to Wickford Junction.
Does the MBTA believe they lost a good amount of ridership by removing those 3 stops to justify the smaller train set, that wasn't offset by the new TF Green/Wickford riders?
MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote:Tis the 1116 on the East of that set, with a 20** on the other end of it. There is indeed a cab car shortage. Lots of cars OOS at BET.....becoming a real mess, lots of 4 car sets South side, along with smaller than usual sets
Backshophoss wrote:MBTA has a 4 car requirement for track shunting to work properly(signals).
dbperry wrote:I've heard that the 4 coach minimum for MBTA Commuter Rail is also for train sets to have adequate braking effort.