The proposed electrification on that route was not to meet traffic goals but to meet environmental goals. the EIS was approved only with electrification AFAIR.
Boston Considers Downeaster Link To South Station, East Coast Corridor
Posted 18 August 2017 - 03:46 PM
Most important: Keep it Simple, Stupid!
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Posted 24 August 2017 - 02:10 PM
Harvard study: North South Rail Link would cost less than thought
Other stories on it. (Link above hit a pay wall.)
Well, I like it. But I lived thru the Big Dig a few hundred miles away in NYC. LOL.
Edited by WoodyinNYC, 24 August 2017 - 02:19 PM.
Posted 29 August 2017 - 10:47 AM
N-S Rail Link is an idea which won't go away unless Boston has to be evacuated due to flooding.
I think it'll get built. It's got too much going for it. But I think we're going to have to wait a couple more years.
The general disorganization and tolerance of chiseling in the MBTA is finally being fixed; I've got to give Baker credit for that. Once the Green Line Extension finally gets built, hopefully in 2021, most of the MBTA backlog will be done. They will also have finished the installation of PTC by then, and the ADA station backlog should be fairly short (Wollaston is under construction; Hynes and Symphony have designs; which leaves Bowdoin, Boylston, and a bunch of surface stations, many of which are being done). The appetite for a program which reduces carbon emissions, improves operational efficiency, eases commutes, relieves pressure on the subway, benefits Amtrak, etc. will be high at that point.
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