Thankfully we're not going to find out if people would put up with CR seating for that long given Amtrak will be operating it as an intercity service. At this point this thread should almost be in the Amtrak section as the T really is not going to have anything to do with it (though improvements on the Worcester line could be part of this.)
Komarovsky wrote: ↑Thu Dec 08, 2022 3:30 pm
Perhaps the partnership grant will be where the Worcester to Boston improvements are at least partially funded from. The Framingham-Weston triple tracking is basically required to fit any more peak-hour trains given how packed the line is right now during rush hour.
For the partnership program the improvements would have to be directly for supporting the added west of Worcester Amtrak service as the partnership can't be used for strictly commuter rail projects so there's probably limits on what they could get a grant for on that segment they'd have to be able to substantiate that the improvements are necessary and primarily for adding that service. The IIJA also included a whole slew of cash for transit projects as well though so the T could go after the FTA administered programs too.