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archBOSTON.org - Transit and Infrastructure http://www.archboston.org/community All things T or civilly engineered within Boston Metro. en Wed, 17 Jan 2018 02:55:40 GMT vBulletin 5 http://www.archboston.org/community/images/misc/rss.jpg archBOSTON.org - Transit and Infrastructure http://www.archboston.org/community Space Savers http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5593&goto=newpost Sun, 07 Jan 2018 05:59:49 GMT So we all know that space savers are dumb. Well I have an idea. How about we keep the street sweeping hours through the winter, but instead of... So we all know that space savers are dumb. Well I have an idea. How about we keep the street sweeping hours through the winter, but instead of street sweeping the city could do something like this.

Too cost prohibitive? Would solve most of the space saver controversy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iM4_Te6Cv-A ]]>
Transit and Infrastructure tysmith95 http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5593
Fenway - Longwood Transportation http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5591&goto=newpost Sat, 06 Jan 2018 22:10:03 GMT Fenway and Longwood probably deserve their own thread, and I'd proposed putting them together since:

1) They are connected, and the developing urban canyon along Brookline Ave sort of belongs to both

2) They are amply served by the Green Line (with an assist by Yawkey) but the rail doesn't come anywhere close to actually providing all-points transit

3) They are actually knit together by a high frequency mix of divergent low-frequency buses

4) Both are employment centers in their own right (BU & Hospitals)

5) but generate a large number of visitors from everywhere (ballgame attendees & hospital patients) and also have VIPs who expect to park (baseball bigwigs, highly-paid doctors, special needs patients & handicapped). Both have a huge amount of parking

6) Both have a large number arriving by private bus (charters for Fenway, LMA shuttles for Hospitals)

Seems ripe for

1) More bus/HOV priority
2) Consolidation of LMA routes & MBTA routes
3) Especially real quality bus that does:
  • Cambridge-Red (Harvard-Central and Central-Kendall-(Lechmere/Union?))
  • Kenmore-Green (Ideally in Ken Sq, not D-Fenway then C -St M then B-BU East, like the 47 does)
  • Fenway-Longwood
  • Huntington-Green
  • Ruggles-Orange
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Transit and Infrastructure Arlington http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5591
<![CDATA[Cost of Big Infrastructure Boston, US, NYC, & Global]]> http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5589&goto=newpost Wed, 03 Jan 2018 16:01:38 GMT This is a thread in which I'd like to discuss
1) Why the global average costs are what they are
2) Why US projects cost more than the global average
3) Why the GLX almost got too expensive and how it was reigned back
4) How the Big Dig got too expensive and was not reigned back
5) Why NYC projects cost even more

and:
6 Who in the US "does it right";
7) Is the GLX now being "done right";
8) Will a "done right" GLX redeem Boston's reputation and enable an NSRL

#8 is my favorite. My belief is that Baker-Pollack may have done transit advocates a huge favor by crafting a big transit project that can be delivered on time and on (new) budget, as opposed to twin disasters Big Dig and Greenbush.

I suggest these articles as background

NYT on NYC's outlier costs for 2AvSub & ESA. (Dec 2017)
Can we talk rationally about the Big Dig yet? (from 2015) ]]>
Transit and Infrastructure Arlington http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=5589