ceo wrote:Fundamentally, rebuilding the Grand Junction for mainline passenger rail is a terrible idea.
No it isn’t. It passes right through a densely redeveloped transit area which serves as a destination to a significant chunk of the railroad’s ridership. If fluid traffic flow was a concern we wouldn’t demolishing its supporting infrastructure like the Sullivan, Casey, and McGrath highway overpasses. In an area like Kendall Square and Mass Ave, the automobile should not and will not be the primary mode of transportation. That stretch of the Pike is being anhialated anyways as previously mentioned so cutting in an eastbound leg while that’s already disrupted would not be all that impactful, not that I believe this will happen but it absolutely should.
NSRL isn’t happening. Sure, people keep wasting our money on studies to push for it but it gets rejected every time and we’ll be arguing about it for all eternity. As it stands it isn’t happening, so why would we write off potential improvements and expansions for hopes of a project that can’t gain any steam in the first place?