Red-Blue Connector

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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby Bramdeisroberts » Thu Oct 05, 2017 9:26 am

MBTA3247 wrote:
Bramdeisroberts wrote:Though if you're not swallowing the D, then I'd build it down Brookline Ave to Longwood, with a simple stub station at Brookline Ave and Longwood Ave.

I would offer an alternative routing beyond Kenmore: extend the subway part or all of the way under the former A line, to further relieve pressure on the B and 57 bus.

Why not both? When I was plotting my BLX idea out, Watertown Center via Beacon Yards/West Station, HBS/North Harvard St & Western Ave, the new Arsenal redevelopment, and Arsenal St seemed like another logical extension that would probably be 2/3 cut+cover, 1/3 deep bore. Unlimited money allowing, of course...

That said, if there is any T line that lends itself to deep boring, the Blue Line, with its comparatively tiny loading gauge, would be it, speak nothing of its ability to handle tight turns better even than an IRT trainset can. Thinking of it as a potential "T-Tube" is something that doesn't get done nearly enough, imho.
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby StefanW » Mon Oct 23, 2017 6:19 pm

I don't know if is just temporarily down or if the entire site has been moved to somewhere under

In case it helps, one of the few docs I could pull up via Google has detailed diagrams:
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby Adams_Umass_Boston » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:06 pm

They took the site down, about a year or so ago. (If they moved it, they did a good job at hiding it as I have never found it.)

I had the foresight to print out all the planning documents from their site. They are held at the library I work for.

If you want to see them, message me and I put them aside for you.
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Sun Oct 29, 2017 8:26 pm

Web Archive has the old MassDOT page snapshotted with all project documents preserved: ... uments.htm
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Mon Oct 30, 2017 3:18 pm

Red-Blue came up in today's FCMB meeting:

The state rep for Eastie plugs Red-Blue hard in the livestream video during the public comment period (go to -3:30 on the video, i.e. about 18 minutes in).
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Postby Yellowspoon » Tue Oct 31, 2017 5:34 pm

By my calculation, it is less than 210 feet from DTX (OL northbound) to State (OL southbound) station. That's not a very long walking tunnel. Still, the total distance one would need to walk would be over 1/3 mile (1800 feet).
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