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

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  by ExCon90
I thought the ASVs wouldn't clear in the subway and that's why they ended up buying the Minneapolis PCCs.

Red Arrow in Philadelphia tried out a railbus for a possible extension of the Norristown line. I wasn't living there at the time, but I was told it was a GM fishbowl using flanged wheels for guidance and rubber tires for traction; on the day of the demonstration there was a light snowfall and the tires got no traction on the wet rails, so that was the end of that.
  by wicked
The A Line rails were pulled up in 1996, IIRC. I think the last move to Watertown was around 1993 or 1994, and IIRC at the BSRA meeting they mentioned it was a “revenue trip” — an inebriated gentleman had missed the 57 and needed a lift.
  by Arborwayfan
I remember the last revenue passenger on the A line being a woman, headed inbound. The last night before they cut power to the trolley wires they ran a train inbound from Watertown: a type 5 and a PCC (to be stored in the Central Subway and eventually at Boylston), and I think the pole-equipped LRV that they had been using to tow equipment out to Watertown for work; I guess it was wanted elsewhere on the system. I think the passenger rode the Type 5, but I'm not sure. I read about it the next day in the newspaper around 25 years ago.
  by rethcir
I live in the “A line” territory and have taken the 57 from time to time. I sincerely doubt that a trolley would be faster and a better experience than a bus on this heavily congested route.

Currently (outside Covid) for getting downtown and to back bay, the 500 series express buses are far superior to the 57 for getting anywhere except Allston/Brighton/Fenway.

For Newton Corner’s purposes it would be more effective to utilize the Worcester Line tracks right there, hopefully with electrified commuter rail service. Oak Square/Brighton center I would want to see a dedicated right of way if the trolley was to be extended out that way. But large parts of those neighborhoods abut the Worcester Line ROW as well.