• Green Line Extension Lechmere to Medford

  • Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.
Discussion relating to commuter rail, light rail, and subway operations of the MBTA.

Moderators: sery2831, CRail

  by Yellowspoon
Adams_Umass_Boston wrote: Thu Feb 24, 2022 4:26 pm "Green Line extension to Union Square will open Monday, March 21st with revenue service starting that afternoon, says MBTA GM Poftak."

In the good ol' days, the MTA would schedule opening day on a Saturday so that commuters wouldn't be squeezed by rail fans on opening day or give Monday-Friday rail fans a chance to see the new line.
  by The EGE
The Monday opening may be a precaution in case an addition weekend closure is needed for the Government Center Garage demolition.

Recent rapid transit openings have been a mix of days. During the 1960s-1980s expansion period, openings were mostly Saturday for extensions, and Monday or Tuesday for reroutings that required weekend track work.
SL3: Saturday
Assembly: Tuesday
SL4: Thursday
South Boston Transitway: Friday
SL5: Saturday
Braintree platform at JFK/UMass: Wednesday
Southwest Corridor: Monday
Alewife: Saturday
Davis: Saturday
Quincy Adams: Saturday
Harvard: Tuesday
Braintree: Saturday
Harvard/Brattle: Saturday
Oak Grove: Sunday
Malden Center: Saturday
Wellington: Saturday
Sullivan Square: Monday
Quincy Center: Wednesday

During the MTA and BERy era, openings were commonly but not always on Saturdays. Prior to the mid-1910s, it was much more random. Infill stations were a mixed bag.
Highland Branch: Saturday
Science Park: Saturday
Wonderland: Tuesday
Suffolk Downs: Monday
Orient Heights: Saturday
Huntington Avenue Subway: Sunday
Kenmore: Sunday
Charles: Saturday
Butler: Wednesday
Mattapan: Saturday
Milton: Monday
Ashmont: Saturday
Fields Corner: Saturday
Lechmere: Monday
Arlington: Sunday
Everett: Saturday
Andrew: Saturday
Broadway: Saturday
South Station: Sunday
Bowdoin: Saturday
Washington: Sunday
Boylston Street Subway: Saturday
Green Street: Wednesday
Lechmere Viaduct: Saturday
Cambridge Tunnel: Saturday
Forest Hills: Monday
Washington Street Tunnel: Monday
Atlantic Avenue station: Thursday
East Boston Tunnel: Friday
Thompson Square: Thursday
Atlantic Avenue El: Thursday
Main Line El: Monday
Tremont Street Subway (3 segments): Wednesday, Friday, Saturday

There's a definite trend towards Monday openings for commuter rail lines:
Wachusett: Friday
Wickford Junction (weekday only): Monday
TF Green Airport (weekday only): Monday
Greenbush: Wednesday
Old Colony (weekday only): Monday
Newburyport: Monday
Worcester (weekday only): Monday
Forge Park/495: Thursday
Providence (weekday only): Monday
Needham: Monday
Southwest Corridor: Monday
Gardner: Sunday
Haverhill: Monday
  by R36 Combine Coach
At NYCT, new stations and lines are in service on Sundays (since schedules are effective on Sunday - start of week).

Archer Line - 12/11/1988
63 Street Line - 10/29/1989
Hudson Yards - 9/13/2015
Second Avenue/96 Street - 1/1/2017

I do know MBTA schedules (spring, summer, fall, winter) start on Saturdays, in March, June, September and
late December respectively.
  by R36 Combine Coach
The 2022 MassDOT state map is now online (March 2022 edition with file dated 3/3) and has the extension. A new MBTA system map is not yet online.
  by mbrproductions
Well, today is the day! definitely going out to see the brand new Lechmere and Union Square stations!
  by Adams_Umass_Boston
A bunch of us from work are going out to see the festivities and have lunch in Union Square.
  by mbrproductions
Maybe, just maybe they should be putting fare gates there instead of North Station.
  by Red Wing
I know I'm in the minority but I have no problem with fare gates at the commuter rail terminals.
  by TurningOfTheWheel
Maverickstation1 wrote: Sat Mar 19, 2022 9:42 am Here is the latest from the T on the Green Line Extension and service changes as of Monday, March 21.
Very happy to see that the B branch will be running to and from Government Center.
With the caveat, of course, that the C branch has inexplicably been cut back from North Station to GC.
  by daybeers
Light rail should not have faregates. IMO Berlin, Germany has a great system.
  by Red Wing
Sir I agree with you when you're on a street but when you have controlled access like having to take stairs or an elevator to an elevated platform add the gates.
  by daybeers
Faregates are really expensive to build, operate, and maintain. It's so much cheaper and fits the mode better to have a Proof of Payment system.
  by CRail
POP requires severe penalties for non-compliance to deter simply not paying. The Massachusetts legislature has so far refused to entertain hefty penalties for fare evasion; so until that changes, POP will not be cheaper nor more efficient.
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