There's nothing wrong with disagreeing with the decision, but when you want to act as if none of it ever happened, then you're not in touch with reality - and that's the definition of psychosis.
R36 Combine Coach wrote:Since 1985, the key word has been "suspended". I guess it can be dropped and Heath Street made a "permanent" terminal.
jaymac wrote:The real problem with street-running light rail is maintaining it. When rail needs replacement, that means pavement comes up, and vehicular traffic runs on only one side of the street, and not for just a little while, even for just one rail. That was bad enough more than a semi-century ago when I witnessed new rail going in on Center and South Huntington. Island running like Beacon and Comm. Ave. faces less of that problem, but once the line formerly known as Arborway gets beyond Brigham Circle and the space between the curbs gets less and the cars get more, as on Center and South, trolleys do seem to be even more things of times past than that name would suggest. After the first string of substitutions, next came the Watertown suspension of service and then Arborway. What did they all have in common? Extended street running and its accompanying complications.
Like JoeD, I wouldn't be overly surprised if Brigham becomes the de facto E flip point, with Heath St. having a "temporary" suspension suspension of rail service.
Haven't seen a transcript, so I've got no idea if ROW maintenance issues played into the decision.
#5 - Dyre Ave wrote:I'm sorry to read about it. But not surprised. It really seemed like there was this feeling of inevitablity that the E line was going to be cut back to Heath Street Loop. But it made me wonder if Green Line service could have been restored to Arborway on a route other than South Huntington Ave, Centre and South Streets, and why that wasn't considered. Would it be feasible to run Green Line cars on the parallel Riverway, Jamaicaway and then on Arborway itself? It wouldn't be as direct as the S. Huntington/Centre/South route is, but could running on those wider roads at higher speeds and with fewer cross-streets have made up for it?
Gerry6309 wrote:(As an aside there was an law requiring privately operated street railways to remove their tracks when lines were abandoned. Since the Elevated came under public control in 1919, it was probably exempt.)
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