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Old September 4th, 2014, 08:06 PM   #341
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Old September 5th, 2014, 03:11 AM   #342
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Photos from new Assembly station, taken from here:
Great to see lots of TOD sprouting in Boston.
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Old September 5th, 2014, 10:14 AM   #343
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Old September 24th, 2014, 08:48 PM   #344
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Inside of Green Line platforms on now under renovation Government Center station, taken from Boston Globe:



You can also see good video about progress
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Old September 25th, 2014, 05:44 AM   #345
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Y'know, it's always Government Center they're re-doing. Never Park Street.
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Old October 5th, 2014, 07:14 PM   #346
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Official from MBTA:

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GOV. PATRICK ANNOUNCES NEW COMMUTER RAIL STATION IN ALLSTON
9/30/2014

BOSTON – Tuesday, September 30, 2014 – Governor Deval Patrick today joined MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey, Boston Mayor Martin Walsh and state and local officials to announce that the I-90/Massachusetts Turnpike Allston Interchange Improvements project will include a new Commuter Rail stop, with pedestrian and bike access, that will allow for increased development and growth opportunities in the area.

"We invest in infrastructure to revitalize urban neighborhoods and bolster growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth,” said Governor Patrick. “With this project we are paving the way for future opportunities that will advance economic development in Allston and help build a brighter future for Massachusetts."

MassDOT has reached an arrangement with Harvard University that will allow for the straightening of I-90, and construction of a new Commuter Rail station, currently known as West Station, on the Worcester Line. Harvard is the current owner of Beacon Park Yard, where the MBTA plans to develop to use part of the yard for a new MBTA Commuter Rail layover and maintenance facility, a key requirement for future expanded commuter rail service into and out of South Station

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Old October 23rd, 2014, 04:48 AM   #347
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Chinese train manufacturer wins Massachusetts contract
Updated: 2014-10-23 06:17

A Chinese train manufacturer was awarded a $566.6 million contract on Wednesday to build 284 subway cars for Boston's subway system.
The Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MDOT) board of directors unanimously approved the contract with a unit of CNR MA Corp, according to MDOT spokesman Joe Pesaturo. The company was the lowest of six bidders on the contract.
CNR MA Corp is a joint venture of Changchun Railway Vehicles and China CNR Corp Ltd, a Chinese government-owned enterprise that is the world's largest rail car maker.
The new cars will replace the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's 32-year-old Orange Line trains and the 44-year-old Red Line cars.
The contract calls for the CNR unit to build the cars at a $60 million facility it will build and operate in Springfield, Massachusetts.
Three of the other bidders criticized CNR's inexperience. MassDOT board members praised the procurement process when they took the vote at their monthly meeting, according to the Boston Globe.
"This is a win for our riders. This is a win for our financial bottom line. And it's a win for this authority," MassDOT board member Janice Loux was quoted by the Globe as saying.
Xiwei Lu, president of CNR MA, said he was excited to get the project, and said the manufacturing facility in Springfield will create more than 250 manufacturing and construction jobs for locals, according to the newspaper. "We will keep our promise, and that's a commitment for us," he said.
Officials said most of the work would be done in the United States, with 60 percent of the parts coming from America.
CNR apparently is also seeking to supply trains for California's proposed $68 billion high-speed railway project in the state.
A spokesman for the California High-Speed Rail Authority said on Wednesday that it had received five inquiries or expression of interest for a contract to supply up to 95 trains for the system, and did not identify who had submitted them.
The authority spokesman said the agency may release more information on the expressions of interest on Friday.
Reuters reported on Tuesday that CNR, its unit Tangshan Railway and US-based SunGroup USA, would be among those submitting an expression of interest.
By 2029, the California system will run from San Francisco to Los Angeles, making the trip between the cities in under three hours, and will eventually extend to Sacramento and San Diego, totaling 800 miles with up to 24 stations.
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Old October 23rd, 2014, 03:31 PM   #348
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Render of new train, very ugly indeed. But money-saver:

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Old October 23rd, 2014, 08:42 PM   #349
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I don't agree. I like them.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 12:31 AM   #350
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That's not the final design.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 02:45 AM   #351
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It would be quite revolutionary in the US if they were to make a train that looks... modern.
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Old October 24th, 2014, 05:30 AM   #352
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It would be quite revolutionary in the US if they were to make a train that looks... modern.




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Old October 24th, 2014, 01:44 PM   #353
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Again from Boston news on rolling stock, from Rail Journal:

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MBTA to order DMUs for Boston Fairmount line
Friday, October 24, 2014



THE governor of Massachusetts Mr Deval Patrick announced on October 22 that Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) will procure a fleet of up to 30 DMUs for commuter rail services on the 14.8km Fairmount Line from Boston South to Readville

The total value of the order is expected to be around $US 240m and a request for proposals will be issued in December, with the first trains scheduled for delivery in 2018.

MBTA says the introduction of DMUs on the Fairmount Line will enable the operation of higher frequencies than the current locomotive-hauled services, and the new trains will also allow a weekend service to be launched.
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Hate to inform you but.. it's 2014. So that's more than 50 years (half a century!) ago. Doesn't look that modern anymore. With all the new (metro) train orders in the last 20 years I can't say I've felt like I've seen some inspiring American design. They all look like they're designed on the cheap an they all look the same. The most modern looking train vehicles are the Siemens light rail vehicles. So it takes a foreign company to design something somewhat pleasing to the eye. But even their look is getting tired, now that every vehicle of theirs has had the exact same front fascia for years. The best looking new metro train will again be the BART trains when they order the new trains, and yes, they will be quite revolutionairy. The Cincinatti and Kansas streetcar will look even more modern though.

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Classic designs are so much nicer than the "modern" ones. They give a sense of permenance and continuity which is much more important in a new world country than in the old world. Classic designs really enhance a city's sense of place.
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From the render it looks like the new T trains will be walk-through. Any word on internal lay-outs or if it will be fully walk-through or just two-car units?

As for the DMUs replacing loco-hauled commuter trains... Welcome to the 1980s!
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Old November 11th, 2014, 05:09 PM   #359
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New escalators for Government Center station:



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Two news from Boston - on 11th November Massachusetts Gov. Patrick rededicates South Station as The Governor Michael S. Dukakis Transportation Center at South Station. Dukakis was also former Democratic Presidential candidate in 1988 http://www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/n...9&month=&year= At the same time, Alstom made refubrishment of first of 67 Green Line trolleys: http://www.bostonmagazine.com/news/b...ley-sent-home/
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