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by Gerry6309
Wed Sep 30, 2015 10:22 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion
Replies: 267
Views: 73509

Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

They're not shutting down service, though. They'll be discharging and boarding passengers from the same platform at Bowdoin, but service will otherwise be normal. Note that this means passengers will be allowed to ride the Bowdoin Loop. I rode the Bowdoin loop by accident on the way to a date, once...
by Gerry6309
Tue Sep 29, 2015 8:19 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion
Replies: 267
Views: 73509

Re: Gov't Center Closure 2014 Discussion

They're not shutting down service, though. They'll be discharging and boarding passengers from the same platform at Bowdoin, but service will otherwise be normal. Note that this means passengers will be allowed to ride the Bowdoin Loop. More likely they are wrong railing back to State from Bowdoin,...
by Gerry6309
Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:07 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Green Line Type 9 Thread
Replies: 615
Views: 178787

Re: Green Line Type 9 Thread

The price is for the contract, not for each vehicle. Orders of 24 are going to have a ridiculous per unit cost. Everyone says we got so few trackless trolleys because they were $1.1 million a piece when, in actuality, they were $1.1 million a piece because we got so few. ... Considering that we rep...
by Gerry6309
Sat Sep 26, 2015 12:30 am
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Post-PTC Deadline: What Happens Next?
Replies: 35
Views: 12832

Re: Post-PTC Deadline: What Happens Next?

Blue/Red/Orange flavor CBTC's a whole lot more straightforward. That can not only serve a state-of-repair purpose by retiring a lot of aging trackside hardware for cheaper-to-maintain and fewer-in-number RFID transponders, but also do the same capacity enhancement that NYC is pursuing. That one is ...
by Gerry6309
Fri Sep 25, 2015 8:11 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Main Line Elevated Cars
Replies: 23
Views: 6234

Re: Main Line Elevated Cars

There is a sign next to the center door that appears in some photos (circa 1910-1912?) I have no clue as to what it said. Note 075. Anyone know? Mike I have a hi-def copy of that picture: It reads: ENTER BY END DOOR PERSONS ENTERING BY MIDDLE DOOR DO SO AT THEIR OWN RISK (Nobody paid any attention ...
by Gerry6309
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 517
Views: 149486

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

There used to be an overhead trolley wire on the Red Line when I was a kid back in the 1950's and 60's, and I recall seeing the same on the Orange Line. What were these overhead trolley wires used for if the non-revenue trolley cars were just towed by the heavy rail cars? The rapid transit lines an...
by Gerry6309
Fri Sep 25, 2015 7:41 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 517
Views: 149486

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

D'oh, I got my streets mixed up! Why would the streetcars get set up at Eliot Shops instead of Bennett St Carhouse? I was looking at the track charts from 1915 or so last night, and there was no connection shown between the surface tracks and the rapid transit tracks on the Longfellow Bridge. That ...
by Gerry6309
Fri Sep 25, 2015 6:43 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Main Line Elevated Cars
Replies: 23
Views: 6234

Re: Main Line Elevated Cars

Last night I was reading the fascinating article in the latest Rollsign about the 1910 Dudley St. derailment. In one of the photo captions they mentioned that the #1 cars had a sign over the center doors saying "use at your own risk" or something to that effect. I wonder what was so hazardous about...
by Gerry6309
Wed Sep 23, 2015 10:10 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 517
Views: 149486

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

East Boston Tunnel trolleys were hauled through the Cambridge Subway from the Longfellow to Eliot Shops from 1916 to 1924 (and EBT subway cars from 1924 to 1952). I believe those cars would clear third rail (as they were early high-floor designs) though they used wire while in the subway. Trolleys ...
by Gerry6309
Wed Sep 23, 2015 4:52 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Subway Delay Reports and Discussion (2011-2017)
Replies: 1202
Views: 327932

Re: Subway Delay Reports and Discussion

deathtopumpkins wrote:
Gerry6309 wrote:Boston TV stations are reporting major delays on the Red Line due to a person struck by a train at JFK-UMass. Busing from there to North Quincy in the middle of rush hour.
It was a suicide. Person jumped in front of the train.
As usual, the MBTA called it a "Medical Emergency".
by Gerry6309
Tue Sep 22, 2015 6:21 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: North-South Rail Link Discussion
Replies: 517
Views: 149486

Re: North-South Rail Link Discussion

What I got from this is that a bunch of has-beens are trying to bring this thing back from the dead. They want to do a study, which will prove that the project, which may have been viable back in the 1980s, is now prohibitively expensive. We need to improve both terminals, but connecting them is a n...
by Gerry6309
Mon Sep 21, 2015 10:28 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Salem & Beverly Parking Garages Underutilized
Replies: 19
Views: 6635

Re: Salem & Beverly Parking Garages Underutilized

The people who board at those stops do not care what their per-mile cost is. They have no idea how many mileposts out their stop is. That's math without relevance to a rider in the real world. Thw only thing that matters here is that Swampscott and Salem are the only Zone 3's that reside inside 128...
by Gerry6309
Mon Sep 21, 2015 5:12 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Salem & Beverly Parking Garages Underutilized
Replies: 19
Views: 6635

Re: Salem & Beverly Parking Garages Underutilized

Zone 1 and 2 fares are far too high compared to rapid transit fares. Yes, the T would see some revenue loss from cheaper passes, but imagine what ridership would look like with $3 fares most places inside 128. The revenue from fares inside 128 comes nowhere near the cost of running the service. Rap...
by Gerry6309
Mon Sep 21, 2015 4:24 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Subway Delay Reports and Discussion (2011-2017)
Replies: 1202
Views: 327932

Re: Subway Delay Reports and Discussion

Boston TV stations are reporting major delays on the Red Line due to a person struck by a train at JFK-UMass. Busing from there to North Quincy in the middle of rush hour.
by Gerry6309
Sun Sep 20, 2015 7:56 pm
Forum: Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA)
Topic: Main Line Elevated Cars
Replies: 23
Views: 6234

Re: Main Line Elevated Cars

That didn't occur to me, so used to MUDC. The center doors were converted to air operation on the #2 cars and the #1 cars (even those in service with open platforms as the fleet was being rebuilt with enclosed platforms) Note the door levers on the front of 066 Mike Several interesting things in th...

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