BandA wrote: ↑Sun Aug 18, 2019 8:45 pm
NSRL is only 4 tracks, not equal to 12 new double-track lines.
I would like to pay less than One Billion Dollars.
Yes, the NSRL is, at most, 4 tracks. The point was that when you connect all the north side lines from FItchburg to Newburyport to all the south side lines from Framingham to Greenbush, you now have TWELVE lines that you can run, with electrification, at near rapid transit headways.
They did EXACTLY that in Philadelphia in the 1980s. That's one reason why their subway hasn't expanded - because their Regional Rail service was consolidated and rationalized!
I'm hearing four billion dollars to expand South Station - which will only keep all the hassles we currently have. You can't expand the system much when you have but a SINGLE track (the Grand Junction) connecting the south side to the big maintenance facilities near North Station.
You're looking at building a little over a mile of tunnel with 4 portals. The question that needs asking is - how come London and Paris can do it so much better, faster and cheaper than we can? Take a look at London's Elizabeth Line (formerly Crossrail) and look at how much they're paying for what they're getting. Funny how they didn't have the problems that New York's 2nd Avenue Subway had.
Lose the damn diesels. Build the damn NSRL. Electrify the system line by line. EMUs cut dwell times by 40%, are cheaper to buy, faster and cheaper to operate. Diesels fail every 5-6,000 miles. EMUs fail every 150-200,000 miles. Operating costs per car-hour? SEPTA:$311, MBTA:$544. THIS IS A NO BRAINER!