The EGE wrote:I'm really curious if they'll have the display set to rotate through several views at the Green Line stations. At Copley to Government Center, you need a minimum of four slots for the 4 different destinations, and 3 lots at Hynes and Kenmore. The signs seem only able to display 2 slots at once.
Rotation should be trivial.
I would hope so, but I know nothing about the displays. Ultimately, I would hope that the downtown Green Line and transfer stations will get larger boards in select locations showing a larger number of trains. In the early years, Park Street used to have a large board on the westbound platform showing the berths for the next trains to three dozen different locations. A modern large board (i.e, a large flatscreen TV) could show the next two trains to each of the terminals, and perhaps the number of cars per train (like the DC metro does).
Being able to show more than 2 trains at any one time will only get more important over the next decade. The Green Line Extension will bring branches to the northside for the first time since 1948*, and for the first time since at least the 1980s** there will be four separate northern termini. Operational changes (the return of short turn trains, Boston Colleges via Beacon Street) or new construction (Needham, Dudley, D-E connector) would also make the westbound situation more complex.
*On April 2, 1948, the 92 Sullivan - Brattle Loop via Main Street line was bustituted, leaving the 93 Sullivan Brattle Loop via Bunker Hill Street route as the sole northside branch. I believe that the GLX routes will be the first trolley routes to the northside to go through Park rather than looping at Brattle Loop or Adams Square.
**The last scheduled use of the Park Street loop was the mid 1980s. I can't pick out the exact last time when the four lines were separately scheduled to loop at Park, Government Center, Canal Street/North Station, and Lechmere.