Monday, November 9, 2015

A “Plan B” for Brunswick….your Monday Night lagniappe

Last week we composed and disseminated a ‘presentation’ inspired by recent transit sector happenings in the Auburn area, juxtaposed against the well known passenger rail silliness that has descended upon Brunswick. 

We’re not going to go through the usual listing of our prior posts on the subject and the related links.  We assume that if you’re a regular reader, and interested in the subject in general, you’ve read our prior items, but if not, will have no problem finding them in the index area to the right side of our page.

Here’s the cover page of this latest composition:


You can find the rest of it here:

If you do follow up and look at it, be sure to look at the last page, especially if you consider yourself a realist in economic matters.  It should provide much fodder for critical thought.  You should be able to rotate the budget summary view to the normal reading position by using your pdf viewing options.

If not, have no fear.  In the next day or two, we’ll be providing a detailed commentary on this one page.  Why?  Because it summarizes the folly that is NNEPRA and the Amtrak Downeaster. 


Unless you think money grows on trees, and we should be providing carriage level transit for the few at the expense of the many, while much higher priorities in the common interest go unaddressed.


On the other hand, this is what makes modern day America what it is.


  1. "...we should be providing carriage level transit for the few at the expense of the many..."

    Indeed! I just watched a transit feature on FOX25, where it was stated that 85 million dollars was spent winterizing the MBTA Commuter Rail (how much effort and money spent on winterizing the DownEaster, pray tell??)....130K riders per day, on a rail system that 'serves' the "Greater Boston area"...something like 4.5 million residents.

    And based on your spreadsheets there, I deduced that 73 people a day ride (and that's not taking into account whether the riders who went to Boston got back on at the end of the day...) the DE from Exeter NH....from a population of about 14,000: on a 4pm southbound run, the DE picked up 2 people from Exeter. The apparent 'bugs' (crappy infrastructure and maintenance, revenue deficits, taxpayer subsidy life-support...) are actually the features, like it's intended to work this way!

  2. Mr. Poppycock,
    You never cease to amaze me. This latest installment is exquisite and yet brief and concise all at once. I would urge you to get in touch with the folks at WMTW as I believe someone may be working on this Brunswick - Auburn train thing.
    Truly yours,