rethcir wrote:If they put a station at Blue Hill Ave, I wonder if there'll be some provision for a far-distant connection to the Mattapan Line?
Not in foreseeable future. The T, state, and Mayor were ramming through the 28X BRT line from Dudley with max vigor to serve that need, until it collapsed in a nasty neighborhood revolt over inadequate/passive-aggressive community outreach. Project withdrawn, nothing to replace it. Should've been a no-brainer, but they were so arrogant about disclosure it provoked a severe defensive reaction from residents.
With all the BRT lard that was supposed to go into that project, it certainly would be a lot cheaper to lay down 3 blocks/850 feet of street-running track, reduce Cummins Ave. to 2 lanes from Mattapan Sq. for shoulder transit/bike lane, and peel off at a Regis Rd. grade-separated loop to the south tip of the station on all that empty blighted industrial property. The power draw upgrades that are already an unfunded mandate on the 2016 cap improvement plan for the Ashmont branch + Codman Yard would serve the need for High Speed Line power independence (mainly to ensure future LRV operation) without requiring extra infrastructure for any extra running wires. Do limited runs past Mattapan Yard to the CR station, just enough to adequately serve the transfer. Total investment would be little different than the various proposals to extend the 71 TT south of Watertown Yard to Newton Corner.
Alas, even that much street-running is a bridge too far for the T and its pathological fear of mixed traffic. Can't see BRT getting another push, either. They've more or less washed their hands of the 28X plan, so unlikely there'll ever be anything but a slow-bus transfer here. It'll become an issue eventually, but short-term the Fairmount station's going to be a very nice shot in the arm for the neighborhood even at walking-distance transfer provided they can follow through on scaling up close to promised service levels.