highgreen215 wrote:I am NOT suggesting that any public money be spent on a tourist train. I am suggesting that a private train operator, or even individual private cars, could access Black Falcon Terminal for convenient near across-platform transfer. Of course they would be appropriately charged for use of the facilities.
bostontrainguy wrote:Wondering if Massport should rethink this whole Marine Terminal idea. What if Massport rebuilds the newly acquired land between Summer Street and the existing Conley Terminal? The plan is to build out the terminal slightly westward to allow higher cranes (necessary due to the new larger container ships and the terminal's proximity to Logan Airport which limits the height of existing cranes). What if they extend the haul road and railroad together across Reserve channel? Then develop the far west end for the Marine Terminal project. This obviously would easily allow eventual rail-on-dock service to Conley in the future.
BandA wrote:How do cruise passengers get to/from Black Falcon Terminal today? Is it awkward/slow/expensive? Another place that used to have service to the pier was Woods Hole.
A short extension to support seasonal service seems reasonable, assuming ADA compliance isn't a dealbreaker.
bostontrainguy wrote:The Silver Line is pretty pathetic. Slow and limited in capacity. The problem with converting it to rail is that it could no longer go through the tunnel and serve the airport, a rather important part of its function. I think some kind of guidance in the "subway" part would be the best option. Also by the time these unique Neoplan (now out of business in the US) dual-propulsion buses are retired, fully electric buses will be perfected and the obvious solution.
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:No...it's not a one-seat ride to the airport. That chance was precluded 26 years ago when the powers that be decided to fund the Ted tunnel as only a two-bore roadway instead of 3-bore roadway + rail. But it's the very best you can ask for on a two-seater with how easy and 'stretchy' the transfer options are across the whole route of the Transitway
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote: At most there'd be a quick-charging station retained for them at the loop to plug into the 600V Transitway source.
The EGE wrote:We're getting to the exciting point where major rolling stock providers are actually providing them. Siemens just sold Charlotte six new S70 light rail vehicles (the most common LRV in the country) that can run off-wire about 50% of the time. Battery rather than true quick-charge, but still a big step forward, and it's in one of the most reliable light rail chassis currently made.