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

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  by Red Wing
 
I wonder if transferring trains should be considered like MetroNorths New Haven line and it's branches.
  by wicked
 
Not until they fix the Red Line.
  by mbrproductions
 
Drone footage from 3 weeks ago showing the progress at the East Taunton Station, which is the station that we have seen the least of so far due to its relatively secluded location. One thing I couldn't help but notice was the long accessibility ramp
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3NhXOT4F-w
  by MBTAVideoClips
 
I really like East Taunton's design. Also, will ops there be right hand running or work similar to Braintree where each branch usually arrives on a certain track.
  by mbrproductions
 
Most likely right hand running because Myricks Junction is double tracked for both lines, unlike the split at Braintree, which is single track for both the Middleborough Main and Plymouth Branch.
  by MBTA3247
 
I see that station has the same problem that Anderson/Woburn has: homes that are a stone's throw away are a 3.5 mile drive from the station.
  by MBTAVideoClips
 
Oh boy! gotta love "learning" from mistakes
  by OldColonyRailfan
 
MBTAVideoClips wrote: Fri May 17, 2024 6:51 am Oh boy! gotta love "learning" from mistakes
Trial and error.

Welcome to the MBTA.
  by The EGE
 
Very, very different situations. Woburn has a substantial amount of housing and jobs within a walk/bike radius of the west side of the station. It has real potential to serve those areas without people needing to drive:
Woburn.jpg
This is East Taunton at the same scale. At most a couple dozen houses within walking distance
East Taunton.jpg
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  by wicked
 
What is the reasoning for no west side connection in Woburn?
  by bostontrainguy
 
Looks like they are going to keep that switch and side track on the west but I don't think there is anyplace for it to go anymore. The new building shown doesn't appear to have doors or a platform (the former one had a door) and the planned NET (New England Transrail) originally was going to make use of it but I don't think it's in the plans anymore.
  by The EGE
 
wicked wrote: Fri May 17, 2024 9:16 pm What is the reasoning for no west side connection in Woburn?
The 90s and early 2000s were not exactly a high point of MBTA planning. For whatever reason, they thought that the way to generate ridership was giant park-and-ride lots as far away from town centers as possible. The idea that anyone would want to walk or bike to the station - and actually live close enough to do so - was seemingly never considered. This was the era that got us the Old Colony Lines, the Worcester infills, and the Newburyport extension, all with stations inaccessible without a car.

There has also been concern about riders parking on the street to avoid paying for parking in the main lots. That's not an unreasonable concern, and it's the same reason that the east entrance to Quincy Adams was closed for so long. But all that's actually needed is some basic parking enforcement to prevent that.
  by newpylong
 
The point of Anderson was to suck people from the highways (from all directions), not to provide a walkable station. It does that job very well. It is one of the only stations where one can show up anytime and find plenty of parking.
  by wicked
 
newpylong wrote: Tue May 21, 2024 7:29 am The point of Anderson was to suck people from the highways (from all directions), not to provide a walkable station. It does that job very well. It is one of the only stations where one can show up anytime and find plenty of parking.
Can’t you do both?
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