Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

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Re: Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

Postby jbvb » Thu Jun 02, 2011 5:38 am

The Lynn grade separation was done during the period of New Haven control, so money was spent freely: The RoW is 4 or more tracks wide from West Lynn (junction of the Saugus Branch) to just short of Swampscott. However, the current Lynn station was done without consideration for other uses, so it would need a rebuild, and I don't know if any modern engineer with federal money at hand could bring him/herself to re-use the old abutments or bridge girders anyway.
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Re: Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Jun 02, 2011 1:42 pm

Current Lynn station needs a wrecking ball anyway. It's in horrible condition and unbefitting how huge a transit hub the place already is. When rapid transit gets out there they need to make it a BIG intermodal center that's the center of the neighborhood. Like Malden Ctr. except much bigger because of the bus terminal. Maybe halfway between Malden and Dudley-size because that is the kind of terminal ridership density you're talking. This thread's obviously more about the Saugus Branch potentially using it, but decades earlier when the Blue Line goes out there it's going to need to get a total rebuild into a prominent transit center because something that drab and utilitarian won't work as a Top 5 intermodal anchor station. It's hard to even perceive what that node could be, tapping actual demand, by standing on that current crumbling concrete platform and looking at the holes developing in the bridge deck. If there's a distant future where TWO rapid-transit lines could transfer there along with CR and a zillion bus routes, you're gonna need a palace of a regional transit center built to beckon that system expansion to the stop.
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Re: Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

Postby FFRailroad » Wed Jul 06, 2011 8:04 pm

The Saugus Branch Line would be a great canidate for a Green line Extention running from Lechmere Station through the unbuilt Innerbelt Road area of Somerville to Sullivan Sq then moving the up through the new Assembly Square area then extending the Commuter Rail bridge over the Mystic River picking up the line in Everett. This configuration although running close to the orange line at points would give all the communities along the old line access to Cambridge and downtown Boston. The lynchpin in all this would be Somerville since the city will be undergoing major changes including the Green line extention to Medford and developing Assembly Square. Light rail would be a boon for all cities along the old line.
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Re: Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

Postby bluelinetolynn » Wed Aug 29, 2012 4:10 pm

Not sure what you mean it would have to cut through streets or down the commons the saugus branch connects to the eastern route right past bennet st. where it turns onto eastern route continues down past pleasant st. where it makes a sharp right ending one block shy of the current commuter rail stop look at it with google maps you will see the old saugus branch terminus right behind the eastern bank building on market st.
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Re: Light Rail for the Saugus Branch Railroad

Postby jbvb » Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:15 am

There are a number of places between the Mystic River and Rt. 60 where it would be relatively inexpensive to connect the Orange Line (B&M Western Route) RoW with the Saugus branch. But turning East after the Assembly Square stop and serving the Gateway Center mall and the western half of Everett would not cost any more, and would probably get more political support.
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