by Rockingham Racer
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Backshophoss wrote: ↑Sat Dec 05, 2020 2:08 pm Believe MBTA would be happier to not deal with PAR Billerica DS as they do now, too many handoffs between PAR and MBTA can become trouble.Maybe. Don't know if they still have a commuter relations desk in Halethorpe, MD or if that got closed out when MARC operations were awarded to Bombardier. It'll probably take a while for CSX to convert the line over to their control, though.
MBTA was thrilled to be rid of dealing with CSX DS based too far away in Jax Fla after the MBTA takeorver of the B&A to Worcester..
Trinnau wrote: ↑Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:07 pm Pan Am and MBTA generally have a good relationship, and the immediate proximity of their dispatching centers provides for a much friendlier, local relationship than existed with CSX. The existing dispatching arrangement has been in place for decades. Handoffs are no problem, the problem is the same as when any freight railroad dispatches passenger trains - sometimes they give the freights priority. So in that regard it's always better to control your own operation. CSX was a much different animal at the time MBTA finally took over dispatching as well.Odd thought, but what if CSX asked MBTA to do dispatching for the whole line?
As for the technical side, MBTA can "flip the switch" at any time and take over their territory down in Somerville - except for Pan Am owned Wachusett extension.
njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Fri Dec 25, 2020 11:07 am Any update for when the 5th Downeaster Roundtrip will be restored? In either Spring or Fall of 2021, I might take a vacation to Portland, Maine and would be using the Downeaster a few times on the trip.No word that I know of re: restoring the 5th round trip; it wasn't brought up at the November board meeting and I don't believe there was a meeting in December at all (it would have been today). So far as the sixth trip goes, I believe the reason for the short turn is to allow it to serve as an inbound run for Portland commuters from the south; going all the way to Boston would remove that option.
I saw the news about the long siding near Wells which will permit for a sixth roundtrip from Wells to Brunswick. It would be nice if that roundtrip would go to Boston instead.
Downeaster Weekend Service January Schedule Changes
Effective January 2, 2021
Due to track work being performed by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA), the Downeaster trains shown below will not stop at Woburn on Saturdays and Sundays, January 2 through 17.
Southbound Trains 690, 692, 694 and 698 and northbound Trains 691, 693, 695 and 699/1689 will detour between Boston North Station and Haverhill and will not stop at Woburn. Alternate transportation will not be provided to or from Woburn.
njtmnrrbuff wrote: ↑Tue Dec 29, 2020 9:19 am I definately plan to use the Downeaster for travel between Wells and Brunswick. I also plan to use any bus routes too. I want to visit the Seashore Trolley Museum without driving. This would probably require an Uber from Saco.There are bus routes radiating from the Saco Transportation Center but they go to Biddeford, OOB, or Portland and none go near the trolley museum, so Uber or taxi is your best bet. Wells might be a closer stop for the museum, not sure. Kennebunk/Port is somewhat of a transit black hole unfortunately.
jonnhrr wrote: ↑Fri Jan 15, 2021 8:48 am There are bus routes radiating from the Saco Transportation Center but they go to Biddeford, OOB, or Portland and none go near the trolley museum, so Uber or taxi is your best bet. Wells might be a closer stop for the museum, not sure. Kennebunk/Port is somewhat of a transit black hole unfortunately.I just checked using Google Earth.. Wells Station is 13 km. (8 mi.) by road south of Seashore. Saco is 13 km. (8 mi.) by road north of Seashore. I kid you not! Smack, dab in the middle!