Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by bostontrainguy » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:08 am

In Boston public transportation is very important and well supported by the educational institutions.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by charlesriverbranch » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:20 am

Well, a long time ago Harvard used to operate a ferry between Boston and what was then the independent town of Charlestown, but I can't think of any recent examples of university-supported public transportation.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by Jeff Smith » Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:54 am

CRail wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 7:59 am
The school has zero control over what the owners of the rail line decide to do with it. With political clout, and since the owner in this case is the state, they may have the weight to sway a decision, but it is not ultimately up to them to decide what happens. It is absolutely a no brainer to use this line for passenger service and to serve Kendall Square.

You’re not going to see any new developments with the line until after the Pike realignment is done, but post West Station I guarantee the GJ will be a passenger route.
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West Station? Not familiar with that. I know North and South lol, and East would presumably be in the "ha-bore" :P .
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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by ceo » Tue Jul 16, 2019 2:05 pm

Looking at Street View, there's easily room for 2 tracks under the building. I think light rail would be an excellent use of the corridor; not only can it tie into the Green Line near BET, but it could be part of a light-rail Urban Ring that goes up through Chelsea.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by Arborwayfan » Tue Jul 16, 2019 8:15 pm

Well, in the early 90s Harvard ran a shuttle bus from the Yard to the Medical School that was, I think, open to anyone who walked up to the right office and bought a ticket. It was almost public transportation and the only one-seat ride between the two places.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by BandA » Wed Jul 17, 2019 3:11 am

Universities don't really care about the world around them, they are happy to consume everything, just like casinos. Harvard has had a greater negative impact on transportation than MIT for sure.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by diburning » Wed Jul 17, 2019 5:44 am

charlesriverbranch wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:20 am
Well, a long time ago Harvard used to operate a ferry between Boston and what was then the independent town of Charlestown, but I can't think of any recent examples of university-supported public transportation.
The Charles River EZ-Ride is a private-public transit system that's paid for by organizations that benefit from having the service, MIT included. MIT students and faculty can ride EZ Ride for free with an MIT ID, and the public can ride it as well for a small fare (It's like $2).

Just because MIT might not need or benefit from the Grand Junction carrying passenger service and/or a Kendall stop, doesn't mean that the employees of other businesses (there are plenty of biolabs there) won't. The great thing about the MBTA is that it serves EVERYONE.

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Re: Grand Junction Branch (The North/South Side Connection)

Post by CRail » Thu Jul 18, 2019 8:18 pm

Jeff Smith wrote:
Tue Jul 16, 2019 11:54 am
West Station? Not familiar with that. I know North and South lol, and East would presumably be in the "ha-bore" :P .
It doesn't exist yet. It is a proposed station for through and terminating trips located on the Beacon Park site. The site will include a passenger station and layover facility.
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