Disney Guy wrote:If the Mattapan line were converted to rapid transit, then for how many months would it be shut down for construction?
What would the service be like? Would every Ashmont train go to Mattapan?
Looks to me like it would be better keeping things more or less the way they are but adding another car during the off hours to get the service less than 15 minutes between cars. Also synchronizing the cars with the Red Line trains particularly during evenings and weekends.
Every Ashmont train would continue to Milton and Mattapan stations on the same headway. Codman would continue to be the branch's yard (wouldn't be a need for anything other than a pocket track for OOS trains at Mattapan). Only additional equipment needed would be an extra headway re-spacing set or two to make sure service levels are unchanged.
Given typical T construction pace and contractor supervision (or lackthereof), probably a well-padded 2 years. But that's at inefficient T pace, not real-world possibles.
This stuff can happen while the trolleys are still running uninterrupted at all stops:
-- Any upgrades to the trunk electrical feed.
-- Basic track work like replacing the flimsy old trolley track with heavier/smoother rail up-to-spec for the rest of the system, tie replacement, cable trenching for the RL signal system and third rail conduits.
-- At future Milton Red Line station they can temporarily close the Riverwalk path between the Milton trolley platforms and the former rail bridge to the ex-mill, and re-align the outbound track right after the mini-high by swining it out onto the path footprint to create space in the middle for the new island platform. Would not affect the old station.
-- Pour the foundation for the new Milton platform.
-- Installation of security fencing.
-- Road construction along Eliot St. in prep for the new station (bus turnouts, clearing out widening space up to the ROW retaining wall.
-- Prelim site prep around Mattapan station (any touches to the busway, pre-prep of the station building for expansion into a prepayment lobby). Get the stuff that'll have any impacts on the temp shuttle buses out of the way.
-- Surveying and site prep around the to-be-constructed grade separations.
This can only happen during the shutdown:
-- Bridge construction over Central Ave. and Capen St. + demolition of trolley platforms.
-- Embankment building and retaining wall construction around Central Ave. and Capen St. overpass inclines.
-- Retaining wall work around Eliot St. (will probably need to cap it off a couple feet in places so Eliot can get its bus turnouts).
-- Platform finish and headhouse construction at Milton. At least enough to make the prepayment area and platform operable for the trains, even if rest of the station takes longer to finish.
-- Demolition of Mattapan Yard, pouring of new platforms, construction of headhouse wrap-around to new stub-end platforms. Again...at least enough to make prepayment and platforms operable for re-start of service while rest of station is work-in-progress.
-- Demolition of remaining trolley platforms. Realign outbound track through old Milton trolley platform so the spreading around the new island platform is gentler.
-- Infill of remaining security fence installations (esp. around old trolley station entrances).
-- Track work: connect mainline track at Ashmont; add wye track from Codman Yard pointing in Mattapan direction; lay new Mattapan Station tracks + pocket storage track; install third rail; install ATO signal mounts; install any switches and crossovers.
-- Test trains.
This can happen post-restart:
-- Finishing touches on Milton and Mattapan Stations.
-- Reconstruction of cannibalized portion of Riverwalk @ Milton station (could re-do it closer to riverbank with boardwalk, could do cycle track on side of Eliot St. with overpass + ramp back down to track level over west end of Milton station, could do something else entirely).
-- Reconstruction of Riverwalk alongside Central Ave. overpass (tight squeeze but should slide around retaining wall; assume there'll be some mop-up work before path reopens).
That's pretty much it. Managed well you could probably do it in a 12-18 month shutdown if they used their pre-shutdown resources wisely to clear away as much work as possible. Then so long as all the concrete pouring of retaining walls, bridge abutments, and platform foundations got done before ground freeze they should be able to work through winter on those critical structures. If stuff doesn't fall behind schedule it's mainly the stitch-together around the new overpasses, having complete Milton and Mattapan platforms, and getting some sort of barebones prepayment areas operational (even if well incomplete) that are the hurdles to clear for a fast reconnection and re-start. Whether that can hit under 2 years or over is entirely dependent on quality of project management and whether the contractors can work on-time. Other than that there really isn't a huge spread of tasks beyond the single-point construction zones at: 1) Milton Station, 2) Central Ave. overpass, 3) Capen St. overpass, 4) Mattapan station. The track reconnection and testing goes fast if all the cable trenching and rail replacement got done way in advance pre-shutdown.