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Old April 11th, 2017, 02:18 AM   #621
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Corruption appears to be on the rise already. There are allegations of bribery floating around this contract.
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Old May 22nd, 2017, 09:38 PM   #622
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From Metro Report

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New Balance-backed commuter station opens in Boston
22 May 2017





USA: Passenger services began to call at Boston Landing station on MBTA’s commuter network serving Boston on May 22. The station is located between Yawkey and Newtonville on the Framingham/Worcester Line.

Construction began in October 2015 and was led by Skanska. The $20m project was funded by private partner New Balance through its NB Development subsidiary. The sportswear company will fund maintenance of the station for the first 10 years of operation

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Old June 6th, 2017, 09:10 PM   #623
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Old June 6th, 2017, 09:20 PM   #624
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update on Silver Line express bus service between Boston and Chelsea, MA (opening April 2018)

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Old August 8th, 2017, 04:04 AM   #625
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Replacement of Commonwealth Avenue Bridge (over Interstate 90/Massachusetts Turnpike) in Boston, including new tracks for Green Line (B branch)


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Old October 16th, 2017, 07:47 PM   #627
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Can't wait for the Red Line trains to be replaced...they're so noisy.
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Old October 17th, 2017, 08:06 AM   #628
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Why do American cities still insist on non walk thru cars? Such an oudated design- sure it helps with sound and fire insulation? But it's such a waste of space!
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Old October 17th, 2017, 09:36 AM   #629
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More on the new rolling stock : http://www.scmp.com/tech/china-tech/...oston-december
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Old October 17th, 2017, 03:35 PM   #630
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Why do American cities still insist on non walk thru cars? Such an oudated design- sure it helps with sound and fire insulation? But it's such a waste of space!
They are obsessed with the thought that you need to be able to uncouple the cars if one goes out for maintenance. Meanwhile the rest of the world seems to have found solutions to that. NYC is finally ordering some (as test..), after which more cities will surely follow (as is always the case with these things).
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Old October 17th, 2017, 07:13 PM   #631
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Any particular reason why they're still using wooden sleepers?
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Old October 17th, 2017, 08:33 PM   #632
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By Paige Sutherland • Oct 11, 2017

Nashua is one step closer to getting commuter rail in the city.

That's after city lawmakers this week unanimously agreed to enter into a public-private partnership with a railroad company out of Rhode Island.



The proposed train would run from Worcester, Massachusetts, with stops in Lowell, Nashua, and Bedford.

Boston Surface Railroad Company would cover all of the costs including the construction and day-to-day services.

And under the agreement, Nashua would get about 10 percent of the profits, which is estimated to be about $180,000 a year.

Mayor Jim Donchess says the city will reassess this partnership in a year or so to see how viable the project is.

“Given that the city is not being asked to come up with money, it’s really a no-lose proposition," Donchess said. "Maybe we can make it work, hopefully we can and if we can’t it really won’t require much of the city."

Bringing rail to Nashua has been a top priority of the Mayor since the state last year signaled it will not invest in it. Donchess says commuter rail is a no-brainer - it will curb residents arduous commutes to Boston, will reduce local traffic, cut down on greenhouse gas emissions and attract future businesses.

"We are not getting any encouragement from the state government, let's put it that way, that's an understatement, so we had to think of other ways that we can make this a reality," Donchess said.

If the project does work out, Nashua would be responsible for building the actual train platform, which will cost about half a million dollars.
Finally, some movement in the right direction! Considering how little risk this poses to the city and the state, it'd be an act of pure sabotage to stop it--though I wouldn't put that past our predatory legislature.

What is strange to me is that this is being contracted out to a company whose primary business is on the Fitchburg Line, instead of someone who can run trains on the Lowell Line. That means that people looking to travel to Boston will need to transfer at Lowell, which would be a pretty silly reason for this to end up failing.

Nonetheless, I'm optimistic. Our state has been out of the train game far too long.
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They are obsessed with the thought that you need to be able to uncouple the cars if one goes out for maintenance. Meanwhile the rest of the world seems to have found solutions to that. NYC is finally ordering some (as test..), after which more cities will surely follow (as is always the case with these things).
... they’d also need to retrofit existing maintenance facilities and yards, no?

I think that’s been the real wrench.

Even Alstom convinced Amtrak not to go with an EMU option (eg Pendolino platform) for the Acela replacements for similar reasons. Instead, they will use a single, traction/power car.

If anything, the real problem is that US agencies rarely do entire fleet-replacements (although BART - and maybe WAMTA(?) - will upgrade their entire fleet) at once. It’s always been incremental, which seems to aggravate this - and many other - issue(s).
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Update on Silver Line BRT expansion to Chelsea, MA (opening April 2018)

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Wollaston station on the Red Line will temporarily close for works on 2018.01.08. This is the last non-accessible station on the Red Line. After it reopens, the entirety of the Red Line will be 100% accessible.



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