Why would there be a "dead" section of catenary?
Seen behind the motorman on the inside wall of a PCC departing "Riverside" many years ago: "Pickpockets are on duty for your convenience."
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Crighton's Senate bill sets some unfunded mandates around electrification with the following deadlines:LOL, I'll believe it when I see it. Also, why is the Middleborough/Lakeville Line supposed to be electrified by 2027? Why does it get priority over other lines such as the Lowell, Haverhill, and Franklin, which all have higher ridership than it.
The entirety of the Providence/Stoughton and Fairmount lines, and the Newburyport/Rockport line up to Beverly must be electrified by December 31, 2024
- Construction on Fairmount and Newburyport/Rockport must begin by November 1, 2023
Framingham/Worcester shall be electrified by December 31, 2026
Middleborough/Lakeville shall be electrified by December 31, 2027
Remaining lines shall be electrified by December 31, 2035
You just hope that the inherent expectation that the T will complete a design and construction procurement in under six months doesn't cause the conversation to be laughed off Beacon Hill entirely.That's exactly what is going to happen, giving the MBTA 6 months to complete a design, construction, and financial plan for system-wide electrification by 2035 (with some lines being much sooner), while they can't even get their act together maintaining what they already have is something no logical person would ever take seriously.
What I have a problem with is legislating how many trains should be running.The expectations are laughable, but they are worded as "shall be capable of" instead of "shall run at frequencies of", so technically they aren't mandating that trains run at the frequencies listed above, although they clearly would like them to.
Middleborough probably gets priority because of the insanity of shoving all the South Coast trains through Middleborough instead of getting the Stoughton route settled.I can't see how electrifying the line will help the situation, the only way to make a meaningful change to this is by double tracking the Middleborough Main, and if this whole forcing electrification thing does go through, the MBTA will likely have less incentive to not build Phase II, and would likely go through with it, if they could even afford to after such a massive project like electrifying the entire system by 2035 (which would be divine miracle).
MBTA F40PH-2C 1050 wrote: ↑Fri Jan 27, 2023 5:21 pm This is a joke. Gonna take much much longer than that to complete, even IF they started the projects tomorrow.This is how negotiations start. You don't start by offering what you want, you go to the opposite extreme, and then negotiate to the point where it looks like you're meeting them in the middle, when the middle is what you wanted all along.