The outbound looks a lot like the inbound. 2 midays and a late-night extended to Worcester.
M&Eman wrote:Is there an infrastructure problem limiting the newton stops, or does MBTA prefer Newton residents take the green line?
The platforms are only on one side of the tracks; I imagine because they didn't expect them to last long after the Pike Extension was built.
Indeed. They're also low-level platforms which makes them slow. The ideal solution is to ADA them with an island platform and a passing track, but a passing track at the stations may require bridge reconstructions.
Komarovsky wrote:I'm with you EGE, this schedule still sucks. P523 actually takes 3 minutes longer than it used to because they can't figure out how to schedule P532 so it doesn't hold it up.
When they bother to add a new express or manage the existing ones to be time competitive with driving that will be news. Right now all this is the state saying "see, we added trains that stop west of framingham, we care about things west of Framingham."
They really need more equipment and more capacity, and then they can mess with the schedules in productive ways. New locomotives and coaches in the next year or so will make a big difference, as will getting Yawkey rebuilt with two platforms (and the second track reopened). So will removing the ridiculous speed restrictions near Worcester. But they really need the expensive fixes - raising those 7 low platforms, 2nd track through Beacon Park, and more space someday at South Station.
Honestly, though, the MBTA needs to think about how to mix up schedules, and how to efficiently move people. You can't run 1:41 locals at rush hour and expect to have people ride them. You run expresses and inner-belt locals. You think about doing skip-stop services to speed up the outer-belt stops - Caltrain's Baby Bullets have incredible ridership.
And if South Station expansion doesn't get funded soon enough, you maybe even think about turning trains at Back Bay. Hell, once you have enough locomotives and cars, take a short set (or two) and dedicate it to Newton/Wellesley service, freeing up your 7-car sets for the long-haul service.