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Old April 16th, 2013, 07:12 PM   #281
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Old April 29th, 2013, 12:18 AM   #282
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New MBTA coaches

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MBTA Debuts 3 New Commuter Rail Coaches

The MBTA this week put into service the first three new commuter rail coaches from Hyundai-Rotem USA.

The first trips for the 3 new coaches carried passengers on Train No. 213 from North Station to Haverhill Wednesday morning. The new coaches will continue to operate on the North Side of the commuter rail system in the weeks ahead. It is expected that an additional 15 new coaches will be in service throughout the system by the fall of 2013.

“We are constantly working to bring our customers a better experience,” said MBTA General Manager Dr. Beverly Scott. “These new coaches will do just that; with a cleaner, more informed and more comfortable trip for all on board.”

These are the first three of 75 total ordered from Hyundai-Rotem USA, at a cost of $190 million.

The new bi-level coaches feature 55% more seating than single-level coaches; onboard LED displays showing next station information and announcements; larger, accessible restrooms; designated seating for passengers with disabilities; specially designed air-conditioning systems providing comfortable cool air with increased filtration and airflow; and new microprocessor systems controlling air conditioning, doors, communications, brakes and signals.

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Old April 29th, 2013, 03:55 AM   #283
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Glad to see those coaches starting to arrive; they look pretty sleek too, on the inside, at least.

Now, if only the NH state lawmakers could get their stuff together, maybe we'd get some service up here.
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Old May 17th, 2013, 06:26 PM   #284
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BOSTON | MBTA Fairmount Line

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By Meghan E. Irons | GLOBE STAFF MAY 17, 2013


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Commuters boarded the Fairmount line train at the Talbot Avenue stop that opened last year.


As the Fairmount Corridor Commuter Rail Line train peeled away from Readville one morning, a stocky conductor began collecting fares on the only car open to passengers. Scanning rows of empty seats, he realized, as is the case most midmornings, the task would be easy.

“Only four people on the train,’’ he said.

Since 2005, the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority has spent $200 million on massive improvements to the Fairmount line, which runs through Hyde Park, Dorchester, Mattapan, and Roxbury to South Station. The aim is to fulfill the state’s commitment to return rapid transit to sections of Boston’s less prosperous communities.

But as the T prepares to open two new stations on the 9.2 mile track next month, ridership remains dismally low.

The possible reasons: trains don’t run frequently, fares vary, the route does not fit some passengers’ needs, and bus-dependent commuters who had to make do without rapid transit service before are not ready to change their patterns and come on board.

"I think this is great, but it doesn’t go where I have to go,” said Shikora Ennis, a 27-year-old Dorchester resident who takes a series of buses and a trolley to get to work in Newton.

Operating entirely in Boston, the Fairmount commuter rail is trying hard to be a subway. It rumbles closely by the backyards of three-deckers in densely populated areas where merengue drifts from windows, pajamas flap on clothes lines, and buses grind through clogged streets.

“This is a centerpiece in our communities,’’ said Mela Bush, an activist with Greater Four Corners Action Coalition, which pushed and got funding for rail service in that section of Dorchester. “It’s been a civil rights battle from day one.”

First opened as a Midland Railroad in 1855, the line was used for passenger service for 88 years, and later for freight. Passenger service ran again for a period in the 1970s when construction along the Southwest Corridor necessitated the rerouting of South Station-bound trains through Dorchester. But when the MBTA tried to revert the track to light freight, community advocates pushed back.

“We wanted to have the option of being able to get on a train the same as people in other communities,’’ Bush said. “We want to get on the train to get where we want to go at a price we can afford.’’

Improvements began in 2005 with the reconstruction of deficient bridges and upgrades to the Morton Street and Uphams Corner stations. Four new stations will be added, including one on Talbot Avenue that opened with little public notice last year and a proposed Blue Hill Avenue stop that is facing stiff resistance from residents. The Four Corners/Geneva station in Dorchester and the Newmarket stop near South Bay will soon open.

So much is riding on the line, the shortest commuter rail with the lowest weekday ridership of roughly 1,250. City, state, and neighborhood planners are hoping the new stations, rising like beacons of promise in low-income communities, will boost businesses, jobs, and development near the stops.

“We’ve got about 120,000 people there, and they are very diverse communities. These are culturally rich communities,’’ said Beverly Scott, MBTA general manager. “This is one of those corridors where there is absolutely no question about the opportunities [for] new development around these new stations. The potential is tremendous.”

But along Boston streets, some worry that an economic boon will drive up housing prices and them out of their neighborhoods, while others are skeptical that a commuter rail with scattered service — including no weekend or holiday service — will generate the kind of economic vitality that advocates want.

“They are doing this because of gentrification and white people moving into the city,’’ said a Mattapan resident who only identified himself as Gregory.

The Fairmount line is fraught with misunderstandings, controversy, and unfinished business. Advocates from the Fairmount Indigo Coalition slammed the MBTA for doing little to market it or educate the public about the value of the service. Many people here still associate the commuter rail with the suburbs.

Aiming to avoid “pitting one community against another,’’ advocates say they have had little success getting the T to make fares equitable on the line. A one-way ticket from Readville is $6, $5.50 at Hyde Park, and just $2 — the cost of a Charlie Card ticket — in Dorchester, Roxbury, and Mattapan. And the disparity is creating tensions.

Neighborhood advocates also blame the T for trimming service during the project’s construction and not returning it to the prior levels. And they want the T to cease the practice of only picking up passengers waiting on station platforms who are visible to the engineers.

“We just have to keep on fighting,’’ said Bush, whose group plans to conduct a survey and community forums to get more people on board. “We fought for the line, and we will keep fighting until the full vision is realized.”

T officials said they are working on possible fare adjustments on the line, but are focused on establishing equity and fairness overall. Scott is also in talks with community groups about how to best promote the line.

“That is going to be one of the biggest challenges for all of us,’’ Scott said. “This is going to take a major partnership, real marketing, communications, and education about the line.”

In parts of the city, it will be a hard sell. Joyce Quinerly -Daniel, a 71-year-old Dorchester matriarch, keeps a list of grievances about the line, the most egregious of which was when construction crews at the Talbot Avenue station tore down her wooden privacy fence. Added to her horror, she said, was when she caught her granddaughter sitting on the bed in a back room one day and waving at a man on the T platform overlooking her yard.

The T is erecting a black privacy fence on either side of the station.

In Mattapan, opposition looms on Woodhaven Street, where residents have been fighting the T’s plan to build a station near their homes on Blue Hill Avenue. They want the stop relocated and said they are satisfied with buses that rumble close by.

“We feel it is redundant and unnecessary to spend millions of dollars to construct a station on Blue Hill Avenue,’’ said Mattapan resident Barbara Fields.

On the Fairmount line one morning, views were mixed among passengers on the 25-minute commute to South Station, where they will make connections to travel to their jobs at the airport, colleges, and offices north of Boston.

“It’s a great benefit to a lot us in this area who don’t have immediate access to get downtown,’’ said Terry Jones, a 35-year-old artist on his way from Talbot Avenue to his studio in Charlestown.

Okella Wood, a 30-year-old information technology technician, said he’s thankful to be off the buses. “The 22 and the 28 were just horrible ways to get to work. It’s crowded and its loud,’’ he said of two popular bus routes out of Ashmont Station and Mattapan Square. “One of the things I like about the commuter rail is that it’s quiet.”

Heading to his Uphams Corner neighborhood from South Station recently, Stephen Moss recalled when the elevated Orange line screeched through the heart of the minority community and the void that was created when it was taken down. “This doesn’t pick up the same areas, but it gets us to where we want to go quickly,’’ he said, pausing. “It’s not perfect.”

Meghan Irons can be reached at [email protected]. Follow her on Twitter @meghanirons.

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MBTA | Fairmount Line

Four Corners station - opening June 2013 (https://twitter.com/MassDOT/status/332798951570931712)


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Newmarket station - opening June 2013 (https://twitter.com/mbtaGM/status/332567995090104320)


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Old May 31st, 2013, 05:11 PM   #286
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The fairmont line should not be a commuter rail it should be rapid transit. The fairmont line and silver line should be replaced with rapid transit before any expansion in rich neighborhoods takes place. http://bostinno.streetwise.co/all-se...the-mbta-maps/ the poor are drastically underserved and the rich well like in most things are well take care of.
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Cape Flyer trains provide weekend-only service between South Station and Hyannis on Cape Cod

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http://www.bostonglobe.com/business/...MEJ/story.html

Finally, a decent way to get from the coast to Back Bay....Shame I don't leave nearby anymore.
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It's a weird-shaped route, but still faster than going through South Station.

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Yawkey station

The Yawkey station in Boston (on the Framingham-Worcester commuter rail line, near Fenway Park baseball stadium) is being reconstructed, from a mere platform to a full-fledged railway station. Here are progress photos from user Boston02124 at archboston.com forum

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MassDOT seeking feedback re: the Green Line extension.

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Any news on the new commuter rail tunnel in Boston?
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It's never happening.

Rule of thumb with MBTA projects: 90% of them never make it to construction and the ones that do end up taking decades longer than projected.
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Well, something has to change. Boston is booming and it's transit system is getting very crowded from what I read.

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I'd love MBTA reform just as much as anyone but this is a longstanding problem that shows little sign of resolving. At least some projects are actually being done but the transportation system is still woefully inadequate. Bicycling was definitely the fastest mode of transportation when I lived there.
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It's more adequate than many cites in the country, which shows you how bad mass transit is in the US.

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