This blog's most popular topic by a large margin are the posts discussing the development of a soccer specific stadium for the New England Revolution on undeveloped land owned and presently listed for sale by Wyman-Gordon in downtown Worcester.
|The Pitch at Wyman-Gordon Field is Proposed for a large Undeveloped Parcel Owned by Wyman-Gordon and Located Just South of Downtown Worcester, MA (DCU Center is at top center of image)|
|Proposed Passenger Service from Boston, Providence and Springfield to Worcester for Revolution Games at Wyman-Gordon Field|
|Proposed Passenger Service from Boston to Worcester for Revolution Games at Wyman-Gordon Field|
|Boston Detail (South Station Line is Dark Green, North Station Line is Light Blue) of Proposed Passenger Service from Boston to Worcester for Revolution Games at Wyman-Gordon Field|
Each line out of Boston will also have one urban stop, the North Station line will stop at Cambridge/MIT (connecting with the Red Line just two blocks east at the existing Kendall Square/MIT Station) and the South Station line will stop at Back Bay which provides for a direct connection to the Orange Line. The trains would depart Worcester following the game in a similar staggered fashion. One option could be the North Station train departing 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game and the South Station train departs 1 hour and 30 minutes following the conclusion of the game.
The next stop on the Boston line is proposed for Wellesley Hills/Route 128.
The final stop on the Boston line to Worcester is in Framingham. This stop is a convenient option for MetroWest residents who would prefer not to drive to downtown Worcester.
|Proposed Passenger Service from Providence to Worcester for Revolution Games at Wyman-Gordon Field|
Because the Providence line would travel mostly along the Providence & Worcester mainline, it is likely that the P&W would be the operator of this line. The P&W owns a number of working passenger coaches, running a number of special passenger excursions out of Worcester, including, I believe, a train or two out of Worcester to the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence. Because the line is not regularly used for passenger service, I'm not sure the train could safely sustain speeds of 60 MPH like the Boston line. But let's say it can achieve average average speeds of 40 MPH. The line is about 46 miles in length, so at 40 MPH we are looking at about 69 minutes, plus 15 minutes for three station stops, resulting in a total trip time of about 1 hour and 25 minutes. Assuming a 4:30 pm start, the train might leave TF Green at 2 pm, arriving at Worcester's Union Station at 3:25 pm.
|Proposed Passenger Service from Springfield to Worcester for Revolution Games at Wyman-Gordon Field|
Regarding what entitiy might operate this service, my first thought would be the MBTA. This could certainly be feasible if the T did extend service to Springfield, but this idea looks like it is many years away from becoming real. What looks more likely however, is to utilize the equipment that would be part of the planned New Haven to Springfield commuter rail line. This service, which is projected to commence in 2020, would normally terminate at Springfield, but perhaps we could have one train continue on to Worcester for Revolution games. This direct one seat connection to the Springfield, Hartford and even New Haven markets would make traveling by commuter rail from these areas to Worcester a viable alternative to traveling by car.
According to the Wikipedia page on the Boston & Albany Railroad, the distance between Springfield and Worcester by train is about 54 miles. We only have one stop on this line, so we have 55 minutes to complete the trip. This results in a minimum average speed of 59 MPH in order to complete the trip in one hour. Amtrak Lake Shore Limited trains presently make the run between Springfield and Worcester in about 1 hour and 10 minutes (no intermediate stops), so achieving a one hour goal certainly seems feasible.
Once at Worcester's Union Station, visitors could complete their trip to the pitch by a variety of means. One option would be to walk the 1/2 mile throught the Canal District, perhaps even participating in the pregame Parade to the Pitch. The second option would be to jump on a historic Worcester built Osgood Bradley trolley which travels to the pitch through the Canal District via Kelley Square. The third option is to take the AIRLINE BRT towards ORH and get off at the first stop, Junction District, which allows you to enter the pitch from Madison St.
|Those Arriving by Train at Union Station Would Connect Directly to Either the Proposed AIRLINE Bus Rapid Transit System or the Visitor Trolley for Service to Wyman-Gordon Field|
|Detail of Wyman-Gordon Field, Transit Connections and Proximity to Interstate 290|