Orange Line to stay slow out of Forest Hills for another couple months

The inbound track needs repairs, but that requires some special parts, which are currently on order, T spokesman Joe Pesaturo says:

The speed restriction will remain in place until the repairs are made. Upon the arrival of some parts needed to make the repairs, the work will be scheduled for a weekend within sixty days.

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Orange Line: Winter's coming, but

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Orange Line: Winter's coming, but so what? All the slowdowns we will "experience" are now fully justified by the speed restrictions.

This means that until the repairs are made, the T is off the hook for not having anticipated winter-related problems such as switching problems, things freezing...you all know the whole list, I'm sure.

At least Pesaturo didn't pull

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At least Pesaturo didn't pull out the "oldest subway in the country" card to describe a 25-year-old section of the line.

You would think

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the MBTA would have part on hand! What if this part put the train station out of commission? The MBTA needs to clean up their act!

The MBTA has for years

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The MBTA has for years demonstrated that keeping politically connected friends and family in six figure no-show jobs is a higher priority than spare parts or keeping sufficient skilled technicians on staff.

What's so unusual about the

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What's so unusual about the Orange Line that it requires parts that are so hard to get? It's a railroad. Electric railroads have been around for more than 100 years. It shouldn't be hard to build it out of standard components, whose parts can be available within a day or two.

What's so unusual about the Orange Line?

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That it is a railroad, and it's in the United States.

Knowledge can be easily lost. And has been. I wouldn't be surprised if we had to order the parts from overseas, have it custom made, or both.

The US has the best freight

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The US has the best freight railroads in the world. Passenger rail on the other hand has regressed from world class in the 1920s to something 'competitive' with India today.

What comparison is there

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What comparison is there between the U.S. and India?

India might not have the fastest trains, but they have one of the most comprehensive and frequent networks. Take a look at the real-time map at http://indiarailinfo.com/trains .