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

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  by mbrproductions
 
They already have it figured out, the real question is, will they ever be allowed to? The only answer we have now is that we can only hope, for the sake of the project and the taxpayer money that has already been spent on it.
  by mbrproductions
 
ARTICLE: Mass. leaders hold ribbon-cutting at new Freetown MBTA station
https://www.wpri.com/video/mass-leaders ... n/8208921/
  by Commuterrail1050
 
Doesn’t really mean anything to me until service actually starts. It’s great to see it fully built, but it’s meaningless without the actual service. It’s like opening up a supermarket for the first time, but without food and customers.
  by ExCon90
 
Besides which, if MBTA and local authorities don't establish tight security it could turn into a vandals' playground requiring extensive rehab before it even opens.
  by Train60
 
mbrproductions wrote: Tue Dec 06, 2022 11:01 am ARTICLE: Mass. leaders hold ribbon-cutting at new Freetown MBTA station
https://www.wpri.com/video/mass-leaders ... n/8208921/
One would have to guess that this was done for outgoing Gov. Charlie Baker, who will be out of office in less than a month. Surely another ribbon cutting will take place with the new governor when the line opens.
  by mbrproductions
 
Some of the photos also show how the new MBTA Commuter Rail map incorporating the extension will look. Strangely enough, on this map, the purple line running from Braintree to Middleborough is labeled as "Middleborough Line", then after the two branches split they are each labeled as "Fall River Line" and "New Bedford Line", why would it still say "Middleborough Line" when that would not even be an existing service anymore?
Here is the map if you are wondering: https://www.abc6.com/content/uploads/20 ... scaled.jpg
  by FatNoah
 
why would it still say "Middleborough Line" when that would not even be an existing service anymore?
My guess would be to prevent confusion from current Middleborough Line riders as they get used to the line having a different name. On the north side, I see Rockport via Beverly and Reading via Oak Grove as destinations on the departure board, so Fall River via Middleborough might be how they play to display it on the board at South Station.
  by wicked
 
On a related note, DATTCO is eliminating its bus service between New Bedford and Boston as of next month. Folks from NB are going to have an issue getting to Boston until the end of the year.
  by Commuterrail1050
 
Does anyone know of any updates for the phase 2 stoughton route?
  by devnull
 
I haven't heard anything about Phase 2 lately, and also didn't see it mentioned in a brief perusal of the proposed FY24-28 CIP
  by mbrproductions
 
They include electrification, but not Phase II, which is "meant to be" electrified anyway? That's strange.
  by wicked
 
Phase II never gets built and riders have to suffer with substandard service.

If they were serious about Phase II, there would only be a temporary Middleborough station instead of abandoning the 25-year-old station that had transit-oriented development (including a couple of apartment complexes) pop up next to it.
  by johnpbarlow
 
Is scrapping of bus service bad sign for South Coast rail?
THE SOUTH COAST’S only bus link to Boston is shutting down next month because ridership is so low, which is raising questions about the viability of commuter rail service to the region that is scheduled to begin later this year or early next year.

DATTCO operates three-times-a-day bus service to Boston’s South Station and Copley Square from the communities of Fairhaven, New Bedford, Dartmouth, and Taunton. Return service runs four times a day. The company announced last week that it is shutting down the route on April 16 after several years of deficits.
  by BandA
 
They should restore the steamship line from New Bedford to NYC. Then they will rival the NEC.
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