CENTRAL AREA SYSTEMS STUDY - VOLUME I

THE CENTRAL AREA SYSTEMS STUDY (CASS) WAS CONDUCTED BY THE MASSACHUSETTS BAY TRANSPORTATION AUTHORITY TO DEVELOP A COURSE OF ACTION FOR THE MODERNIZING OF ITS GREEN LINE (STREETCAR SYSTEM) AND ITS BLUE LINE (EAST BOSTON RAPID TRANSIT LINE). THE GREEN LINE HAS SERIOUS PROBLEMS WHICH AFFECT ITS PERFORMANCE IN TERMS OF CAPACITY, SPEED, RELIABILITY, COMFORT, AND OPERATING COST. ITS NETWORK OF ROUTES IS OPERATED ENTIRELY WITH A FLEET OF AGING STREET CARS OF THE "PCC" TYPE. IT SERVES AS A MAJOR FEEDER AND DISTRIBUTOR FOR THE OTHER THREE MAJOR LINES. IN DEPTH ANALYSES OF THE "INNER CITIES AREA" AND THE NATURE OF THE NEIGHBORHOODS SERVED BY THE GREEN LINES WERE CONDUCTED. THE IMPLEMENTATION OF THE FOLLOWING PROGRAM IS RECOMMENDED: (1) ACQUISITION OF 220 NEW AIR-CONDITIONED "LIGHT RAIL" SURFACE- SUBWAY CARS TO REPLACE THE ENTIRE FLEET OF CARS CURRENTLY BEING USED; (2) CONSTRUCTION OF A NEW VEHICLE MAINTENANCE FACILITY AT THE RIVERSIDE TERMINAL; (3) MODERNIZATION OF THE RESERVOIR CAR HOUSE TO PROVIDE FOR EFFICIENT ROUTINE INSPECTION, CLEANING, AND LIGHT REPAIRS FOR APPORTION OF THE GREEN LINE FLEET; AND (4) TRACK AND ROADWAY IMPROVEMENTS WHICH WOULD INCLUDE THE INSTALLATION OF EMERGENCY CROSSOVERS, TURNBACK FACILITIES, AND CERTAIN STATION IMPROVEMENTS. /UMTA/

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • PROJ NO MASS-T9-4
  • Corporate Authors:

    Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority

    10 Park Plaza
    Boston, MA  United States  02116
  • Publication Date: 1971-6

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00242119
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Urban Mass Transportation Administration
  • Files: TRIS, USDOT
  • Created Date: Oct 15 1982 12:00AM