Lizzie Beer

We believe Boston’s current transportation system is noisy, slow, unreliable, and most importantly inefficient.  Our purpose in making “Fly Boston” was to create a solution to the incompetent source of travelling, using cable cars.  We redesigned the Green line, as well as added to it.  What our system ensures, is a fast and smooth ride, that will take you to where you want to go, without making a substantial amount of noise, and causing traffic along the way.  Our cable car system will replace the B C and part of the D line.  It will additionally add a line from Kenmore Station to Central Station on the red line, and a line from Kenmore to the Museum of Fine Arts on the E line (we call those two lines “Kenmore Express”.  The third part of our proposed cable car system is the tourist line.  That connects all of the top tourist attractions.  It starts at Kenmore then, goes to the Boston Common, then the Children’s museum, then the Aquarium, and finally the Science Museum.  

    Each of these lines travel at 17mph.  The B, C and D line, as well as Kenmore express can hold 60 people.  The tourist cable car can hold a maximum of 15 people.  These lines in total can transport up to 100,000 people per day, with 62 stops along the route.  Each line offers the option of round trip, so for each cable, the cars are going back and forth.  There is at least one tower between stations, in most cases two, that propels the cable. When in a station, the car will detach from the cable and wait 2 minutes for people to load and unload.  It then reattaches and matches the line speed.  A car is scheduled to come every 1.5 minutes, to fit everyone’s flexible schedule.  The retro futuristic stations have an elevator up to the top level which is where the cable car comes and leaves from.

    Kenmore station is the hub of the entire system.  Six cable lines are attached, where cars are both going in and coming out.  A huge part of the Kenmore station though is the system that transitions the train into a cable car. With this proposed system, we would be redesigning the train, so it could have the ability to turn into a cable car. This transition takes 5 minutes total, both when a train turns into a cable and when the cable car turns back into the train.  This process is only used for B, C, and D line, because the other three lines did not exist with the Green line in place, therefore there are no trains that would be used for those routes.  

    We designed this cable car system to have the capability to be put in place in boston.  Throughout all of the work we did, we made sure what we were doing, was realistic, and could suffice in the city of Boston.  Designing this sytem would cost 1.2 billion in total.  Fly Boston has the potential to work as the city's primary source of transportation because of it's reliability, efficiency, and flexibility.