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by octr202
Mon May 06, 2019 2:18 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 485
Views: 145655

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

Eastern Route to inner Fitchburg line would make sense if there are new stations created along the inner Fitchburg. Add stops to serve Union Square (Green Line to East Cambridge soon), Alewife area, and Waltham around 128 and you have potential for making a very easy way to commute from the North Sh...
by octr202
Thu May 02, 2019 11:19 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Minuteman Corridor Transit Possibilities
Replies: 36
Views: 2246

Re: Green Line Expansion Beyond Lechmere

You get high frequency transit service at the 128 belt by converting commuter rail to regional rail - EMUs on high frequencies, sharing the railroad with longer distance trains. Add in the rail link downtown, and you'll probably end up spending something that's not radically different that rapid tra...
by octr202
Fri Dec 14, 2018 12:17 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 485
Views: 145655

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

Other than for equipment moves n-s (which can be done via grand junction) I don't really see what the tunnel buys us that we can't get by just electrifying CR to 128. People who work in the city are willing to walk from NS to SS after commuting, or can take the OL. I mean, I see what we'd get, but ...
by octr202
Sun Apr 15, 2018 10:25 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process
Replies: 708
Views: 193915

Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

The GM's account tweeted a short video last week of the testing:

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by octr202
Thu Mar 08, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: 2018 Commuter Rail Delay Thread
Replies: 144
Views: 34054

Re: 2018 Commuter Rail Delay Thread

Among other challenges from the heavy, wet snow on 3/8/18, Lowell inbound #300 derailed in Wilmington this morning, throwing an already difficult commute further off course. The Keolis Boston office Twitter feed has several pictures of the cleanup: https://twitter.com/KeolisBoston/status/97175633552...
by octr202
Thu Oct 12, 2017 10:03 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process
Replies: 708
Views: 193915

Re: New Orange and Red Line Car Acquisition Process

No, sets of 6:

A-B-B-A-B-A

Or some combination thereof, so long as A cars are on either end.

Neither line can handle 8 car trains without some major station surgery.
by octr202
Wed Oct 11, 2017 2:39 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted
Replies: 113
Views: 64759

Re: Longfellow Bridge Repairs: Red Line to be Disrupted

Yes, all tracks will shift one position to the "downriver" side. The outbound track is now in it's permanent location, and next the inbound track will shift to where the outbound was for the last phase. Finally, where the inbound track has been during the shoo-fly will be returned to the Boston-boun...
by octr202
Tue Sep 26, 2017 7:24 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread
Replies: 282
Views: 66541

Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

T alerts and Twitter reporting police on the right of way in Andover. No reasons given, but 219 being bused, 221 held at Anderson. 224 cancelled. Doesn't sound good.
by octr202
Tue Aug 22, 2017 10:30 am
Forum: NYC MTA Subway and Rail, PATH and SIRT
Topic: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes
Replies: 36
Views: 14039

Re: Service Changes, Unusual Subway Sightings and Reroutes

Makes sense. I recall getting weekend Q trains to Astoria when the 7 was shut down, back in the way back before Second Ave opened up. We often stay in LIC when visiting, and usually found the extra service on the N/Q was more convenient to where we were going than having the 7 running...one of those...
by octr202
Sun Aug 13, 2017 3:07 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: PTC Project 2017 - 2018 Positive Train Control homestretch
Replies: 29
Views: 13351

Re: PTC Project 2017 - 2018 Positive Train Control homestret

T Alerts are announcing that weekend busing on the Eastern Route will go through August 27th, so looks like the PTC weekend closures will end about a month earlier than originally expected. T Press Release - work will start on Needham Branch first weekend in September: http://www.mbta.com/about_the_...
by octr202
Fri Jul 21, 2017 8:47 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Interesting Consist Discussion for the North Side
Replies: 605
Views: 150894

Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the North Side

You would actually be surprised. As far as ridership I haven't noticed a drop off on the Eastern. At least on the trains I take. Been on the 7:23 Express out of Salem every morning so far this week and we have been 6 and 7 car sets. And we are filling the to where there are 2 people in each seat. O...
by octr202
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:52 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Beverly Drawbridge Replacement
Replies: 44
Views: 14025

Re: Beverly Drawbridge Replacement

From the T itself:

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by octr202
Thu Jul 20, 2017 7:30 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Interesting Consist Discussion for the North Side
Replies: 605
Views: 150894

Re: Interesting Consist Discussion for the North Side

Was on a 6 car set of flats tonight. Saw another 5 car set of flats at north station tonight. But that wasn't the most interesting thing I saw. I saw a set on the Eastern, we past it in Chelsea where the engine was on the inbound side and the double decker control cab on the outbound side. Never se...
by octr202
Mon Jun 19, 2017 11:35 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Accommodation near MBTA station query
Replies: 27
Views: 8740

Re: Accommodation near MBTA station query

A few stations north and west (subway) with nearby hotels, but outside the Boston/Cambridge "in-town" areas include: Alewife (Red Line) - AC Hotel by Marriott, Freepoint, and Homewood Suites all within a 15-20 minute walk. Sullivan (Orange Line) - Holiday Inn on Washington Street Assembly (Orange) -...
by octr202
Tue Jun 13, 2017 8:04 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread
Replies: 282
Views: 66541

Re: 2017 Commuter Rail Delay Discussion Thread

A sure sign they're down at least a few sets up north today...

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