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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:31 pm

When fully built, it'll be an impressive station. Two full-length high-level platforms with a crossover bridge halfway between Beacon and Brookline. Entrances directly from both overpasses, fully accessible.

It's questionable whether we're looking at two side platforms, or a side and an island. The renderings on the signs seem to show a side platform on the parkign lot side and then and island platform between the two tracks. But the T usually goes for a pair of sides.

With Amtrak looking to add Inland Regionals and the T having the chance to finally run the full line with no freight interference, the T is going to be eliminating people crossing the tracks. The three Newton stops will get the same treatment soon enough.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby BostonUrbEx » Thu Apr 05, 2012 8:45 pm

I meant a temporary ped crossing during construction, of course. If they were going to do that permanently, well, something would be pretty screwed up with their planning process, lol.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby R36 Combine Coach » Thu Apr 05, 2012 9:36 pm

The return of Inland Regionals? It has been a decade since the last NortheastDirect inland roundtrip (142/145) ran in 2002, although weekends only towards the end.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:55 pm

R36 Combine Coach wrote:The return of Inland Regionals? It has been a decade since the last NortheastDirect inland roundtrip (142/145) ran in 2002, although weekends only towards the end.


Yes, that's in Amtrak's cap improvements plan. After the Springfield Line improvements are complete. Only a couple at first, but after the B&A is double-tracked and SS expanded the service plan is 10-per-day Inlands by 2025.

They're never going to stop at Yawkey, though. I can't imagine it would be any more than the usual Springfield-Worcester-Framingham-Back Bay stops the LSL's make. At very most maybe they chuck in an infill at Palmer after a few years to break up the station spacing, but there's no additional Worcester Line stops that make any bit of sense to add to an intercity schedule.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Thu Apr 05, 2012 10:57 pm

Amtrak wants to run them, possibly as soon as New Haven-Springfield Line upgrades are complete on a 2012 timescale. Connects Hartford and Springfield with Worcester and Boston, and frees up some Shore Line slots for Acelas or Shore Line East.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby Komarovsky » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:12 am

A little off topic, but are they planning to upgrade the track to get speeds above 60mph as part of the plan to add inland regional service?
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby BostonUrbEx » Fri Apr 06, 2012 7:29 am

I thought the inland plan was Hartford to Worcester direct, on a newly forged ROW, and dedicated to HSR?
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby F-line to Dudley via Park » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:12 am

BostonUrbEx wrote:I thought the inland plan was Hartford to Worcester direct, on a newly forged ROW, and dedicated to HSR?


No, no. This is the same-old Regionals service that used to operate there, only without such prohibitive amounts of single-track/CSX dispatching clogs en route.


Komarovsky wrote:A little off topic, but are they planning to upgrade the track to get speeds above 60mph as part of the plan to add inland regional service?


God I hope so. MBTA portion first. It's embarrassing that rush hour Pike traffic laps the Worcester Line in Newton. 79 MPH to Worcester would be heavenly for all parties.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Fri Apr 06, 2012 11:25 am

Is there any set of plans or renderings of the new station out there? The T does not have a page on the project (just like Wachusett and Wickford) and the monochrome renderings on the signs at the site are not the greatest.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby diburning » Mon Apr 09, 2012 2:47 am

The signs at Yawkey say "coming spring 2012" Oops!

The diagrams do indeed show a side platform and an island platform.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Tue May 22, 2012 1:17 pm

There was no more progress the last time I had a change to look, around May 13. Is there anyone who's in a position to look during the summer while I'm not in Boston? (I can provide updates during the fall).
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby diburning » Tue May 22, 2012 11:53 pm

I won't be there all the time, but I live in Boston and can report here whenever I'm over that way.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Sat Jun 02, 2012 9:20 pm

It's been two months since the schedule change that was supposed to herald work beginning. Nothing visible has happened yet.
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby The EGE » Sat Jun 16, 2012 3:28 pm

Two more weeks; still nothing. On one hand I shouldn't be surprised, but on the other hand, April was supposed to start construction. Anyone in-the-know have any idea when actual construction will start?
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Re: Fenway Center hits home run ( Yawkey Station )

Postby Komarovsky » Sat Jun 16, 2012 4:07 pm

In the past week I've noticed crews digging some sort of drainage/utility ditch along the pike side of the tracks.
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