MBTA Old Colony Line

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Re: MBTA Old Colony Line

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Oct 16, 2015 5:35 pm

And this wasn't the original plan, anyway. They wanted Kingston at that business where the lines currently fork (yucky location...should've been at the historical location @ the Route 3A grade crossing), Cordage, and downtown Plymouth. The forking was the proverbial "Hingham Tunnel" solution to a manufactured NIMBY crisis that made them superficially think they had solved a problem.
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Re: MBTA Old Colony Line

Postby dbperry » Tue Jan 05, 2016 12:51 pm

Wow. New proposed schedule has no changes for Old Colony, so the forked Kingston-Plymouth schedule debacle highlighted in the article noted above (well, way above) will live on.

http://www.mbta.com/uploadedfiles/About ... iative.pdf

Existing Services Typically Work
 Highest Average On Time Performance in Commuter
Rail Network
 Crowding on Trains is Minimal

Although I'm not sure how the forked schedule problem could have been fixed without adding another trainset to the overall Old Colony system - either as a dedicated Plymouth train or as a Halifax - Plymouth shuttle. Obviously our DMU or Cordage Park build-out solutions are long-term capital intensive solutions that are outside the purview of schedule tweaking. And probably too much political pressure to just abandon Plymouth service completely. Bustitution probably not feasible since it would involve moving a Keolis service (Plymouth train) to MBTA or other regional service (bus shuttle). Perhaps political push back would also be difficult to overcome for bustitution. And it is only three mid-day trains that are affected, so obviously easier to make no changes and let the inconvenience persist. But ugh.
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