Red-Blue Connector

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Disney Guy
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Post by Disney Guy »

I would say that decentralizing and spreading out passenger flow (including building the Bowdoin to Charles connection) would be better than concentrating everything in a superstation in the downtown core.

".. nor have I ever heard of such a proposal ..." (to combine the Red Line Park St. and Downtown Crossing stations)
It's in the August 2 reply above in this thread. The logistics part, the 1/2 mile bypass tunnel, is my own idea since the 65 page link that describes the entire superstation will not download on my computer.

Once we abandon the idea of combining Park St. and DTX on the Red Line, the Red-Orange-Green portion of a superstation is complete.There is already a wide underground walkway between the aforementioned two existing stations. If somehow a walking path was created from the Blue Line to the Red Line in the downtown core I would not consider that an inclusion in a superstation since the walking distance is quite long.
(To the theater stage manager) Quit twiddling the knob and flickering the lights while the audience is entering and being seated. (To the subway motorman) Quit twiddling the knob and dinging the doors while passengers are getting off and others are waiting to board.

typesix
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Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

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Globe article on latest cost estimates.

https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/ ... story.html

rethcir
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

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I agree that a TBM seems excessive for such a short tunnel. I know labor is expensive, but how much labor would you really be saving here with a TBM?

rethcir
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

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Apparently this is still on the table. Still a long ways off but it's on the table. https://www.wbur.org/news/2019/02/05/mb ... -connector" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

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Re: Red-Blue Connector

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The Blue Line is good for Lynn, and Lynn is good for the Blue Line.

My live MBTA real-time mapping apps:
https://sites.harvard.edu/~wuensch/T/subway-map.html
https://sites.harvard.edu/~wuensch/T/commuter-rail-map.html

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Re: Red-Blue Connector

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Also mentioned in the Globe: https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/ ... story.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;

The body of the story notes how long this has been on the back burner, the T/Commonwealth's track record of punting transit projects etc.

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BandA
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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Post by BandA »

Geez, 21 or more years to build a tunnel one half of one mile

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Re: Red-Blue Connector

Post by thomas1897 »

When will this get done another project that should have been done years ago. Cost would have been less but Charlie Baker should consider this project as high priority and it should get done soon.

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