Sure, all you need is money, which you seem to assume exists in infinite amounts. Please study up on the current state of transportation funding in Massachusetts. At the moment the MBTA has major funding issues just with respect to maintaining current operations, in spite of recent state tax increases that are going to transportation up here.NHAirLine wrote:First of all, the MBTA Providence line should be electrified. That should have been done in 1999, they are WAY overdue now. It's an easy one to do, as they need wire over the third track, a few sidings, and a few yards, and plop some ALP-46's, or ACS-64's or something on there, and contract out the maintenance to the corresponding agency that runs similar equipment (NJT, Amtrak, etc), since MBTA is a diesel operation through and through. The infrastructure, other than the actual wire is there, it's pretty much plug and play.
But how many people want to? Are you familiar with South County Rhode Island? Aside from the existing Amtrak-served stops between New London and Providence, you're talking small rural towns and lots of trees until you get into current MBTA/RIDOT territory.The connection between SLE and MBTA would be great, as it would enable people to go to and from intermediate stations.
.However, I do believe that you need 30-minute headway service to really make the services popular and make sense. And you need the sidings and infrastructure to support it.
Right. Thirty-minute headways through the least-populated portion of the NEC north of Delaware.
Fantasies are fun. Public money to pay for them is real, and limited, and should be spent where it will do the most good.