The idea that transit is only added when the demand is already there is asinine, as a lot of demand can't grow until the transit is there, so the chicken-and-egg needs to be broken.What is so asinine about the simple concept of supply and demand? Why should it be transit's job to build demand for itself? And in this case the transit already is there, and it does its job of bringing people to and from work adequately enough to serve the current demands of the businesses and communities around it, and that is what it should be doing, not having billions of dollars spent on it out of hope that it will bring about more demand for it. Transit should be built to serve what already exists, not to make its own demand to serve it, that is just building transit for the sake of building transit.
You said two different things.Did I? If I did then why not specify what I said and how it differs from what I said later on instead of just making a statement that you previously made.
Then they need to exert pressure on Amtrak to stop ripping them off. They also own some of the trackage, so they must have some sort of leverage.They don't have any leverage, Amtrak has a right to use any trackage that is necessary for their services, and given that the MBTA doesn't even want to electrify, even if they had any leverage to use against Amtrak, they wouldn't make any use of it.
HAH! Because the government controls the price of diesel fuel LOL. Also, that post didn't age well in the past couple of weeks, it's back up again.The government doesn't control the price of fuel, but it certainly can have an influence on whether it rises or goes down. And the price of diesel going up again doesn't really mean much, fuel prices fluctuate up and down, especially as of recent.
There's plenty of multi-family, relatively dense single familyYes, and that is mediocre density, especially when compared to the European suburbs that urbanists love to glorify. This level of density is certainly not enough to justify or sustain all day 15 minute headways.
as well as many opportunities to upzone and redevelop at much higher density.The question is, do any of the people living in these areas actually want higher density?
Photo by Alan Thomas: NYNH&H I-4 Pacific #1372 proudly thunders through Forest Hills as it makes its way to Providence R.I.