3) trading useless Mishawum for a much higher-patronage Montvale Ave. infill constructed with Anderson-style passing track
MBTA3247 wrote:IIRC the speed limit on that line is 10 mph, so some trackwork will have to be done to make it suitable for regular commuter service. There's not much traffic over the line to begin with (somewhere upthread I think it's mentioned that there's only one freight in each direction per day), so that gives work crews a pretty good window of time to work on a stretch of track between trains, with no /minimal disruption to regular service. If, for some reason, they decided it would be better to shut down the line entirely during the upgrades, the alternate routes would be either Walpole-Readville-Mansfield or Worcester-Providence (via P&W)-Mansfield. Both alternatives I expect would be limited to nights-only due to passenger traffic on the Corridor.
F-line to Dudley via Park wrote:The upper Framingham Sec. is a few miles longer than the lower half at about ~13 miles. But because it has absolute zero passenger potential in the near- or far-term
Ryanontherails wrote:Looks like there are plans for a pilot program in 2018:
http://patch.com/massachusetts/foxborou ... rough-2017
http://www.foxbororeporter.com/articles ... 787382.txt
http://www.thesunchronicle.com/news/loc ... 0ff39.html
I find it strange that apparently they can do a pilot service to Foxborough but not Buzzards Bay. It will be interesting to see if demand really does warrant 64 trains/day. I wonder what this means for Walpole, if they will build the new platform or just skip it for now. And as I've said before, I'd like to see service go past the stadium to Mansfield for the southbound connections, new (albeit 12-minute longer according to the 2010 study) service to that stop as well as a new stop in Downtown Foxborough next to Schneider Electric where the old one was. It will be interesting!
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