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Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

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  by wicked
 
Thanks. This is flying under the radar a fair bit.
  by charlesriverbranch
 
Yesterday, waiting for a Green Line train at East Somerville, I saw an inbound Lowell Line train go by that included a car marked for South Coast Rail and listing several stations and the words "coming soon". It was pushed by a GP40 in blue MassDOT livery.
  by MBTA3247
 
I think there are several such cars, and they've been carrying that ad for years.
  by Maverickstation1
 
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Here is a recent picture taken at Berkley, the junction of the New Bedford and Fall River lines. As frequent visitors to Westport, we are looking forward to having a closer option for Commuter Rail (as opposed to Middleborough).
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  by Maverickstation1
 
.....and another.
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  by jdh823
 
How many trains are they looking to run on the line?
  by BandA
 
[EDIT] Supposed to be 26 round-trip trains, 6 of which will be peak. Extended from Middleborough.
  by jdh823
 
BandA wrote: Sun Aug 06, 2023 5:11 pm [EDIT] Supposed to be 26 round-trip trains, 6 of which will be peak. Extended from Middleborough.
As in 26 total, or 26 in each direction?
  by BandA
 
https://www.mass.gov/info-details/route ... coast-rail
Phase 1 Commuter Rail Service Details

Phase 1 service will include a total of 26 trains (each-way) for weekday service. The MBTA will operate three morning peak trains and three evening peak trains to both New Bedford and Fall River. Taunton and Middleborough will see up to six morning and six evening peak trains because all of the service will pass through those communities.
During off-peak periods, three trains will operate on a 3-3 ½ hour frequency.
Operations details will be confirmed as design advances.
That is apparently split evenly between the Fall River Branch and the New Bedford Branch. Looks like a substantial increase over existing service. And they told us BOS was full, smh
  by MBTA3247
 
That has to be the total number of inbound and outbound trains, and would actually be a modest reduction from the current 29 trains. I very much doubt that they could squeeze another 23 trains (running in either direction) through the bottleneck between Braintree and BOS to allow for 26 round-trips.
  by Red Wing
 
Here's a novel idea. How about adding platforms in Braintree and terminating some trains there.
  by GP40MC1118
 
This is Myricks. Also had a branch from Middleboro that came in on the left behind the photographer and north of the RT79 Crossing.
  by BandA
 
I got the quote from the MBTA website, which says 26 round trips through Middleborough. The current summer schedule shows 36 round trips on the PVD Line, 21 round trips WOR Line, 17 round trips on Fitchburg Line. This is post-chinese coronavirus of course.
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  by charlesriverbranch
 
Marlborough? I assume you mean Middleborough.
  by BandA
 
lol middlebrow
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