ScottB wrote:https://mbta.com/schedules/CR-Newburypo ... ction_id=1
As for your suggestion to connect the Rockport/Newburryport line to the airport, it already exists. The Silver Line terminates at the Chelsea commuter rail stop. I've never done it myself so I wonder what that transfer is like. But the commuter rail itself is a infrequent and unreliable option. I'm not going to risk missing my flight because the commuter rail decides to have one of it's "issues" and I have to wait for the next train. Besides, the non-stop bus from the Newburryport park-and-ride or LEX from Peabody are far more convenient and they drop off and pick up at the terminal.
It's not a good option because the routing would be commuter rail to Chelsea, Silver Line SL3 to Airport station, and then Massport shuttle bus to the terminals. And there's a HUGE gotcha in that SL3 segment: it crosses the Chelsea St bridge which is a lift bridge, so if you're unlucky, the SL3 is waiting ~20 minutes until the the bridge is back down. Not great if you've got a plane or a train to catch.
Here's the timetable for tomorrow, earliest train to Chelsea from Beverly gets there at 5.59 (assuming it's on time)https://mbta.com/schedules/743/schedule ... lace-chels
Next SL3 leaves at 6.08 and is supposed to take 6 minutes (yeah right)...so arrives at the Blue Line Airport at 6.14, then you have to wait say another 5-10 minutes for a shuttle bus, then the trip to the terminals. so let's say you luck out and make it around 6.35, if you have pre-check and a prevailing wind, you could get there for a 7am departure, but that's cutting it REALLY fine. Basically it makes it totally useless
last SL3 that you can realistically take to catch a commuter rail home is 12.05, which means you can probably pull up to the gate no later than 11.15 to have a shot at it...
and that's without the pain and suffering of luggage... nope, not worth the risk.
I know i might be a bit of a luddite here, but honestly I have no inclination to uber over to Peabody for LEX, it would cost be over $30 to do that and deal with the traffic further up 1. While the bus schedule is better than the train, you are beholden to their hourly schedule. PLUS see below...
Logan Express stops at all terminals. Scheduled times for departing Logan are shown for Terminal A. Departure from other terminals is a few minutes later. Travel time is approximately 30-45 minutes. Be sure to allow extra time during rush hour periods.
So if I time it wrong because of my arrival time , I would have to wait say 45 minutes for a bus, 30 minutes min to get to LEX and then wait for a lyft for a 20 minute ride home. so that's a minimum of 95 minutes. When by picking up a lyft from the airport, I can be home in 30. Sure it costs me closer to $50, but that $20 is worth my while, especially on the company dime. Sure cost saving folks will see that it works, but the logic just doesn't work for me.
That's why I essentially see this as a cash grab from Massport, I am afraid. They have lofty spending aspirations, including hundreds of millions of yet unfunded projects that they need to figure out, and the TNC's are the growth market, think of it this way.
1. Push all TNC's together hike the fees, make it less convenient for the consumer, supposedly less trips (nope, but I digress)
2. build 2,000 spaces, but then lose 1,000 for the TNC space. oh look, limited supply, price hikes on the parking spaces (interesting points about autonomous cars earlier though!)
3. Promote use of LEX, wow, they own that.. more money in the pocket.
If anyone doesn't see this other than a way to extract an extra pound (or dollar) of flesh from the customer, I think they are mistaken. just my humble opinion.
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