SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

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SOCO11
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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by SOCO11 » Wed Jun 05, 2019 10:48 am

There is a lot of work happening on the New Bedford Main through Freetown and Lakeville. Culvert and drainage work mostly but a lot of the track has been shifted and put back in place with the roadbed improved (new ballast, ROW widening for access, brush clearing). Real progress is finally visible. If nothing else, Mass Coastal is going to have smooth running.

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by rethcir » Wed Jul 03, 2019 12:25 pm

So this is underway: https://www.providencejournal.com/news/ ... ndbreaking

Kind of dumb that "phase 2" won't be done until 2030, but if it helps to move the ball forwards in terms of electrifying the CR, I can get excited.

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by trainhq » Thu Jul 25, 2019 11:54 am

Well, I've seen that this route is funded, but somehow I'm still not believing it's gonna
get built. There have been so many obstacles for so long (I mean, I helped do the original
vibration analysis 17 years ago) that I still can't believe anything is going to happen
with this. I'm guessing they'll get a ways along and run out of money and then have to
fight for more, in which case it might get halted again or delayed. I'll believe it when
I see it built.

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by MickD » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:35 pm

I have no doubt Phase 1 will be built...Phase 2 to me looks like a long shot...

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by ohalloranchris » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:40 pm

MickD wrote:
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:35 pm
I have no doubt Phase 1 will be built...Phase 2 to me looks like a long shot...
I agree. Phase One will likely happen, although I’m sure it will take longer than planned, and this will be used as a political pacifier for NB and FR, and we will likely never see Phase Two.

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by BandA » Thu Jul 25, 2019 8:08 pm

And there won't be any capacity or money left to extend CR to the cape. And no money for other needed projects.

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by RenegadeMonster » Fri Jul 26, 2019 6:12 am

Or we might end up with plenty of Money.

Gov. Baker Seeks $18 Billion Boost to MBTA

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by MickD » Tue Aug 06, 2019 11:54 am

[quote=BandA post_id=1515083 time=1564103296 user_id=186045]
And there won't be any capacity or money left to extend CR to the cape. And no money for other needed projects.
[/quote]..
I personally don't think CR to The Cape is warranted,as
in that I don't believe,at Very best the demographic could justify more than 3 or 4
weekday, and 1 or 2 Saturday trains in each direction,and these towns,other than Bourne, will not
pay in to the pool to bring it here..Sandwich won't and I doubt
Barnstable would..I would guess the best the state will do
down this way is CR to Buzzards Bay,which is very doable
Whereas I think the NB/FR service, when people get acclimated to it,
will do better than some folks may think...

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Re: SouthCoast Rail Discussion Thread

Post by BandA » Tue Aug 06, 2019 10:15 pm

It was previously discussed, I think in the Cape Flyer thread, that year-round CR to Buzzards Bay would be a good idea, and seasonal 7-day a week service capeside to Bourne, and adding another station in Yarmouth or Barnstable. And maybe service during bridge repair season. Further, the track to the cape is all in place & only needs to be upgraded capeside for higher speeds & perhaps signals. The Cape Flyer has gathered some real world passenger data, where Southcoast only has studies, and that maybe Cape Cod service would be more in demand than Fall River / New Bedford.

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