The state has released money for design of a new Salem Depot. New figure for the garage and depot is $46 million; one commenter on the Salem News wonders why it’s so high. It is a lot of money that would have been better off spent sooner. I suggest charging the amount to those people who held up this for years until more “studies” could be done. If a neighborhood association knew it could be liable for unwarranted delays, it might be more careful in judging just how its positions might affect other neighborhoods and the city as a whole.
No more studies. Just build it. Mayor Driscoll thinks the same.
Another commenter asks why we don’t have double-decker trains, which are desperately needed on the Rockport line (try finding a seat on the 7:25). The MBTA has let out a contract to buy double-deckers from a Korean firm. Here’s a image—presumably an artist’s conception—from eDaily, Korea:
There’s been a lot of concern about the build quality of these trains, but it’s a done deal. I’ve heard, though, that these trains will have electronic signs and automatic stop announcements, like on the Blue Line. At a station like Salem where any given train can go to one of three places on the same track, this will be helpful.
Now, if the T could just get some new locomotives…