Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

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Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby Teamdriver » Fri May 24, 2013 10:16 am

Sweet cans of corn , I am getting a bike if it gets me on this train....................

It was a typo on Boston.com , here is the correct story :

http://www.boston.com/yourtown/news/new ... board.html
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Re: Bikes OK on Newburyport-Rockland train

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri May 24, 2013 10:41 am

This program is set up to fail. You can only have a bike on the train between Newburyport and North Beverly and between Rockport and Montserrat. You must leave the train by the time you get to North Beverly or Montserrat. Also, if anyone boards with a wheelchair, you will be told to leave. There's seemingly no benefit to this at all.
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Re: Bikes OK on Newburyport-Rockland train

Postby Komarovsky » Fri May 24, 2013 11:27 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:This program is set up to fail. You can only have a bike on the train between Newburyport and North Beverly and between Rockport and Montserrat. You must leave the train by the time you get to North Beverly or Montserrat. Also, if anyone boards with a wheelchair, you will be told to leave. There's seemingly no benefit to this at all.


The people who this works for likely work near one of the stops between the two stations, but not close enough that walking makes sense for them. As companies start to move or establish satellite offices out in the more distant suburbs, more people will probably have a need for this type of accommodation. With the Rotem cars having bikeracks installed already, maybe this will signal a shift in T policy towards bikes.
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Re: Bikes OK on Newburyport-Rockland train

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri May 24, 2013 12:18 pm

Well, plus with the coach retirements coming they might be able to repurpose a few more of them for seasonal bike and ski cars. Especially with the Bombardiers if the Rotem option order gets picked up, since I doubt they want to keep any MBB's for any reason. Save a few extra BBD's for bike/ski duty in-season. They won't be out enough of the year for additional wear and tear on the aging cars to be much of an issue, and it's virtually free on capital cost.

That could be the solution for making sure the summer biking destinations like Cape, Plymouth, Newburyport, Rockport are all fully equipped for the demand within a few years.
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby Teamdriver » Fri May 24, 2013 1:06 pm

Aw gee whiz , you changed it. I only posted because of the typo, no funny bone here , boo -hoo.............
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby Komarovsky » Fri May 24, 2013 6:51 pm

Aren't the Rotems equipped with bike racks(the fold out kind) as well? It would be nice if the T would offer some sort of space for bikes for Boston bound commuters who aren't able to make effective use of the hubway(the time limit has a way of limiting the effective area of use), but would otherwise ride their bikes for the last mile portion of their trip.
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby sery2831 » Sat May 25, 2013 1:59 am

Yes every Rotem car has a bike rack for two bikes at one end. If bikes were to be allowed at peak times, you would see far more bikes than the train can safely accommodate.
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby Elcamo » Mon May 27, 2013 1:18 pm

Would they consider adding a bike car to the train, and then charging extra per ticket to bring bikes on? If there would be so many bikes then an extra charge would help generate money to make a bike car worthwhile, or at least for allotting them more space on the train
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby sery2831 » Tue May 28, 2013 2:00 am

It's not one train. It's many trains. You would need to add a bike car to several train sets. Naturally with the future retirement of the 500s/1500s series cars, they could most certainly be retrofitted into bike service cars.
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby AEM7AC920 » Tue May 28, 2013 7:10 am

That probably wouldn't even be a bad idea since the doubles will allow for shorter trains, adding a car wouldn't hurt. All that is required is fixing up a handful of cars and running them on a few peak hour trains.
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Re: Bikes to be Allowed on Peak Trains on the Eastern Route*

Postby Steve Wagner » Tue May 28, 2013 10:04 am

Amen, as long as each special bike car is in fact added to the coaches with regular seating and not substituted for one. Some time ago I rode at least one Fitchburg Route weekday rush hour train that was no longer than the usual five or six cars but included one that had been re-equiped to carry skis for riders heading to and from Mount Wachusett on weekends; that forced more people than usual to stand.
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