This is a solid investment. Springfield to Boston could be 90 minutes with EMU service and a few more upgrades . That's a game changer for Springfield, ESPECIALLY with the new post Covid hybrid norm.
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lordsigma12345 wrote: ↑Fri Dec 08, 2023 1:28 pm And on top of the successful CRISI grant we’re now admitted into Corridor ID. Mass DOT got in for “Boston and Albany Corridor” and CTDOT got in for “Hartford Line Corridor.”Now just combine the 2. Then you have the inland route as an alternate for the shore line.
Safetee wrote: ↑Tue Dec 12, 2023 1:52 pm In the not too distant past, folks in Framingham strongly voiced that they would like to see a tunnel before any high speed rail traffic happens. And I'm sure if you asked them they probably would love to see all the north south freight activity go some place else as well.The latest plan is over a decade old and the preferred alternative was to put Waverly St under Concord St, which only addresses traffic issues, not the grade crossing problems.
There is no question that a two track tunnel underneath the streets of Framingham would be wonderful for the city and the railroads. The multi billion dollar question is, who will pay for it.
BandA wrote: ↑Wed Dec 13, 2023 5:23 pm You could raise an embankment, put the passenger trains on it, build an elevated station. Leave at least one track at-grade for freight. Would need at least two station tracks and a bypass track. Or maybe quad-track with all tracks accessible to the station. Maybe 100s of millions instead of billions. Would also need to address the parking (build a big honking garage and pretend it is for electric automobiles) and road congestion issues (no practical solution)An elevated solution for the passenger mainline would probably be cheaper. The Fountain St bridge would almost certainly have to go, either removed totally or rebuilt to accommodate the grading needed to bring the trains up above street level.
BandA wrote: ↑Wed Dec 13, 2023 6:51 pm We were talking about Framingham Union Station and the 126/135 grade crossing clustermess. What is acceptable for a one-a-day not at rush hour Lake Shore Ltd won't fly in the future. (1:25PM westbound, 7:58PM eastbound) Heck, upgrading Framingham Station really won't make any difference as far as timekeeping as all trains presently have to stop.As was I, and in terms of frequency and duration of trains occupying those grade crossings, how reducing freight's impact east of Worcester will play an important part in helping deal with 126/135 & area surface road traffic issues and, more generally, in light of the high cost of grade separation. Coming on the heels of my post, in your cost comparison without the alternative spelled out, appeared as though you were comparing freight reduction costs to an elevated railroad grade separation option.