3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby Scott10690 » Thu Mar 24, 2011 7:35 pm

They're scheduled trips. Although from what I've heard the morning Heath Street trip is staffed by Part-Timers, and the evening trip has 2 scheduled operators and an OT list position (often filled by an operator who does WAY too much overtime).

Also the evening Lechmere trip alternates between the 6:28pm trip and the one before (wanna say 6:20pm?)
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby BandM4266 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:12 am

Scott10690 wrote:They're scheduled trips. Although from what I've heard the morning Heath Street trip is staffed by Part-Timers, and the evening trip has 2 scheduled operators and an OT list position (often filled by an operator who does WAY too much overtime).

Also the evening Lechmere trip alternates between the 6:28pm trip and the one before (wanna say 6:20pm?)


The 5:10pm and 6:20pm are the scheduled runs out of Lechmere in the evening. Also the 3-car train signs are placed so that potential Passengers on platforms know that the train arriving is three cars.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby The EGE » Fri Mar 08, 2013 3:48 pm

It appears that the MBTA has stopped running three-car trains on the B branch. I haven't seen a 3-car train during rush hour yet in 2013.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby CRail » Sat Mar 09, 2013 12:41 am

I've seen several this week.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby Matthew » Tue Mar 12, 2013 3:46 pm

They're back (thankfully), but they did discontinue them for a while during the winter. One of the officials mentioned that at the January meeting. Something about lack of equipment.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Tue Mar 12, 2013 6:46 pm

Saw one at Copley at about 5:30pm today. A good sight to see! :)
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby Scott10690 » Tue Mar 12, 2013 8:39 pm

So long as equipment and personnel are available to run them, there are quite a few 3-car sets scheduled to run each day.

Departing Boston College
AM: 6:50, 7:13, 7:37, 8:00, 8:35, 8:58, 9:22, and 9:45
PM: 4:25, 4:50, 5:16, 5:40, 6:15, and 6:38

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AM: 6:36, 6:54, 7:12, 7:30, 7:48, 8:06, 8:24, and 8:42
PM: 4:18, 4:46, 5:14, 5:43, 6:06, and 6:34
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby Matthew » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:17 pm

Thought it was supposed to be 32 3-car trips per-day. That's also what they claimed at the meeting. Reduced schedule to 28 trips now?
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby diburning » Fri Mar 15, 2013 12:15 am

Keep in mind that some of these trips turn around and go outbound. That might have been included in the 32 trip count.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby MBTA3247 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:47 am

I'm pretty certain they all have to turn around and head outbound. What happened to the 3-car trains serving Brigham Circle?
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:50 am

MBTA3247 wrote:I'm pretty certain they all have to turn around and head outbound. What happened to the 3-car trains serving Brigham Circle?


They've pretty much abandoned full-time Brigham short-turns. Gums up the works too much and is more labor-intensive than it's worth. They invariably stumble on this downside every single time they try to introduce Brigham short-turns, but you know how it goes...no long-term memory, no short-term memory.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Fri Mar 15, 2013 11:40 pm

I thought they stopped using Brigham Circle as a turn back altogether after the incident.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby BostonUrbEx » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:03 am

As to three car trains down the E Line... why not just not stop at Heath St (where the train would stick out if it were in the loop, thus they don't stop there). Instead, the last stop is Back of the Hill, loop around, and then first stop Back of the Hill inbound.

I've not been on other lines during crush peak, but the E gets pretty ridiculously crowded. It could use just about anything you throw at it. I'd especially like to see cars with seats removed, but it seems almost every single seat has equipment tucked under it.
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Re: 3 Car Green Line Train Discussion

Postby sery2831 » Sat Mar 16, 2013 8:49 am

I don't think it's the loop they are concerned about, it's just having the long train in with traffic could cause safety issues for boarding and detraining.
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