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Fantasy MBTA Map

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This is my fantasy MBTA map with billions and billions in expansions. Let's not argue about any particular project I include. But I'd like to see other members' maps.

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The MetroRail system is a hybrid Commuter Rail system which cities such as Melbourne and Paris currently have.

Commuter rail out to the suburbs would run as it does now, with more trains at the morning and evening rushes and lesser service midday and at night. Where the solid purple lines are, additional trains would slot in between the trains coming from the suburbs to allow for service all day within the city at 10-15 minute headways, not quite subway frequency, but good enough that you could arrive at a station and expect a train shortly.

By boosting the service frequencies, and adding stations, the commuter rail lines become almost like subway lines for residents close to the city center.

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Nice maps vanshnook.  How much of a reality is the urban ring?  Are they actually going to pursue it?

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Its just an idea but I've hear that it's the project the T wants to do the most. But of course they can't afford it and will probably just make new bus routes all around the city which alot of people are against. I'm for new bus routes but the T is BRT crazy. At least Mulhurn seemed to be, I dont know about this new guy.

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If only it would become a reality.

Vanshnook, do you know how they decide at what point outside the city the subway finally moves above ground?

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When it doesn't need to be underground. The only reason they put transit underground is that having it above ground became such a nuisance that it was worth spending the money to put it underground. The areas where the T ascends to the surface are not a dense, not as congested, or already have a ROW.

Examples:

Red Line in Dorchester. Originally it was to be in a subway to Codman Sq after Andrew, via Uphams Corner. Then they figured they could buy the ROW from the railroad and run the trains at grade, thereby saving alot of money.

The Red Line past Harvard was to be in a tunnel to Arlington Center and then come to the surface but the people objected. It would have been very costly to do cut and cover the entire way.

The Orange Line Southwest Corridor is below grade but not in a tunnel because putting it in a tunnel would have been more expensive.

The Green Line is only in a tunnel where there is the most congestion on the surface.

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