What I've read around here implies FRA regulations are much more cumbersome and backward than FTA regulations, making new CR somewhat less efficient than subway (or interurban)??
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daybeers wrote: ↑Tue Oct 01, 2019 10:46 pmCRail's post really got me irritated - basically he wants his super-expensive N-S rail link & he wants someone else to pay for it. Not fair.
Red Wing wrote: ↑Mon Aug 02, 2021 6:18 pmReally? Have you ever been to Boston? Lets figure out whats near North Station within walking distance The Garden, Federal Office Buildings, Commonwealth Office Buildings, MGH, Converse, The North End, multiple hotels and food options, Brand new Buildings all over the place with new apartments and businesses and then you have parks and the Museum of Science. You also have a major transit hub between the Commuter Rail, Downeaster, Orange Line, Green Line, buses and commuter boat. There are many places where people want to go.The primary goal of NSRL is for people from the north side to be able to get to Central Station and South Station near the business district, but due to the sheer number of new station pairs that would be opened up, it's likely that a significant share of ridership would be a lot of low-volume station pairs that all add up to a lot. Add in transfers in the link itself, and you've got a plethora of new routes that open up. Of course people from the south accessing things near North Station would be a significant component of the utility of NSRL as well.
You may think otherwise since the North Shore and Merrimack Valley population is lower than the South Shore and Metro West.
Traveling between BBY & BON via Orange Line is five stations, so that's gonna generate some dwell and crowding conditions at rush hour, pre-covid.As a daily commuter from north of Boston to Back Bay Station, CR to OL felt like the worst of all possible options. The crowding to get on the OL was unbearable and I'd often have to wait for 2-4 trains to go by before actually being able to squeeze onto a train. (It was extra delightful in the summer).