Yellowspoon wrote:No, that's $17,899,221 per MONTH, not per year. So that changes $0.71/trip to $8.52 per trip. Would you pay $4250 to go that extra mile every year (2 trips per day, 250 days per year)? But wait, there's more. Your assumption is that 100% of all riders want to get to the other side. (Back Bay and Yawkey exist because many passengers don't even want to go as far as South Station). My guess is that less than 20% of CR passengers want to get to the other side. Even if 40% of CR passengers want to get to the other side, that raises the $8.52 figure to $21 per trip. More accurately, ten thousand dollars per year if you do it twice a workday.
People who want to get to Kendall (for example) still haven't gained anything. They still have to transfer at South Station or Porter. Lotsa people from the north now take the Orange Line to Back Bay. Is every train from the north going to take me to Back Bay? If I'm in Dorchester and I want to go to a Bruins game, should I transfer to the Orange Line or wait for the erratic schedule of a Commuter Rail train to take me? Today, tracks exist to run trains from Middleboro to Back Bay. If there is no need to run trains from Middleboro to Back Bay, is there really enough need to run trains from Woburn to Back Bay?
If you're going to throw insults, please comment on all aspects of my argument. And do some arithmetic before you criticize.BvaleShihTzu wrote:You obviously don't actually commute north side to Kendall Square (as I do), or you wouldn't make such a silly statement. [text omitted] And even if every train doesn't go to each stop, cross-platform transfers are very convenient. [more text omitted]
A NS Rail link would benefit, at most, 40% of all commuters
Yellowspoon wrote:Are there benefits to the NS rail link? Yes. However, none of the proponents ever mention the costs or the disadvantages They only talk about their own benefit.
These kind of numbers are what is scary.Yellowspoon wrote:...A NS Rail link would benefit, at most, 40% of all commuters, or about 1.1 million riders a month. With a monthly amortization cost of $17.9 million, that means that each use would cost someone about $16 per ride. That's about $7500 per year per person
Yellowspoon wrote:...A NS Rail link would benefit, at most, 40% of all commuters, or about 1.1 million riders a month. With a monthly amortization cost of $17.9 million, that means that each use would cost someone about $16 per ride. That's about $7500 per year per person
ohalloranchris wrote:I have never heard mention of subway tracks being included in the NSRL, just CR and Intercity Rail, but I could be wrong.