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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-02-2013, 02:02 AM
Replies: 432
Views: 78,183
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Bowker Overpass replacement?

A lot of this thread is sprinkled with some incorrect assumptions that are resulting in false conclusions.

First off, the idea that signalizing Storrow and turning it into a local roadway will...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-02-2013, 12:30 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,986
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Route 3 Widening

F-Line and AmericanFolkLegend said everything I would have said, so I have nothing to add other than... they're completely right.

The lane narrowing idea is terrible, government building...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-29-2012, 11:38 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,986
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Route 3 Widening

But the question is - what value do infrastructure-based PPPs actually add? And the question isn't just whether there's any competitive market, it's about how competitive the market is.

In my...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-29-2012, 11:22 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,986
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Route 3 Widening

F-Line makes lots of good points, but it's also worth mentioning that the idea here isn't to funnel more traffic onto I-93. People here often take an overly city-centric view of things.

Boston has...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-29-2012, 10:51 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,349
Posted By massmotorist
Re: North-South Rail Link

I don't think this is true. The almost century-old technology of the parking garage solves much of the geometry problem. And I would bet that with no direct (municipally-owned) or regulatory (parking...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-27-2012, 06:06 AM
Replies: 52
Views: 12,986
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Route 3 Widening

The problem I find with these lanes is if they're physically separated you need to create separate breakdown lanes for them, which is a much less efficient use of resources than just adding a lane to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-26-2012, 06:30 AM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,349
Posted By massmotorist
Re: North-South Rail Link

I agree. The simplest, most cost-effective way to do it is market pricing of on-street parking (and, indeed, all parking - sell municipal lots) a la SFPark. You achieve the benefits of congestion...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-23-2012, 07:22 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,349
Posted By massmotorist
Re: North-South Rail Link

Let the market decide. Remove the regulatory restrictions on parking minimums, as well as parking maximums. If people want parking they pay for it, if they don't they don't. If developers want to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-21-2012, 07:39 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,349
Posted By massmotorist
Re: North-South Rail Link

I think the Big Dig is a big part of the reason Boston is doing so well right now while Route 128 is just doing okay. Lots of people take transit, but if you make a place practically inaccessible to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-20-2012, 02:18 PM
Replies: 1,281
Views: 203,349
Posted By massmotorist
Re: North-South Rail Link

Not to mention the fact that you'd be eliminating a vital transportation link that carries 250,000+ people a day.

"Highway interests" = majority of region's population.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-19-2012, 06:09 AM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,796
Posted By massmotorist
Re: MassPike Allston

True, but here there's probably already sufficient state-owned land to build a complete, modern interchange with little to no eminent domain taking. At the Pike/Expressway exchange you would've had...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-18-2012, 08:57 PM
Replies: 62
Views: 14,796
Posted By massmotorist
Re: MassPike Allston

This I could go for, as a next-best option to toll removal, for A/B and Weston tolls (and certainly for harbor tunnel/bridge tolls, which no one is proposing removing). Wouldn't work for the Western...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-13-2012, 02:47 AM
Replies: 5,452
Views: 720,701
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

You used to be able to buy them online. Minimum $10 I believe, and they'd mail them to you. I don't understand why they did away with that option. Makes things too easy for their customers, I guess.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-12-2012, 08:47 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Dan Winslow proposed converting (http://boston.cbslocal.com/2012/04/24/state-lawmaker-proposes-toll-for-i-93-hov-lane/) the "zipper lane" south of Boston to an HOT lane.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-12-2012, 08:38 AM
Replies: 224
Views: 37,103
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Boston to Cape rail

Now you just might have sold me on this.

I've long wondered why the state doesn't open cash bars anywhere residents are forced to interact with it. Serving drinks at the RMV would probably fix the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-11-2012, 05:16 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Exactly. You accomplish the dual goals of funding transportation and helping the environment, but in an economically efficient way that doesn't regulate certain types of vehicles out of existence...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-11-2012, 02:22 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 37,103
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Boston to Cape rail

This might be useful if you're going to MV or Nantucket. But $30 for a round trip is going to be too much for any family going on vacation.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-11-2012, 02:19 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

This involves conversion of HOV lanes and the addition of extra lanes. It does not involve wholesale conversion of an interstate highway.



You're talking in terms of abstractions. Look at...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-10-2012, 10:34 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

*Sigh*

You can't toll existing interstate highways.

The prohibition is statutory and the only exemptions were for a pilot program whose slots are filled. Politically, the prospects of this...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-10-2012, 03:39 AM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

If I thought that I would say it. I said what I meant and I meant what I said.

If I were benevolent dictator and I could be certain that things would be set up precisely according to my...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-09-2012, 06:15 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

But they don't log your plate unless you're a violator. Sure, if someone wants to review film for 10 hours looking for plate numbers, they can, but the point is to create friction in the process. The...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-08-2012, 12:53 AM
Replies: 5,452
Views: 720,701
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

The MBTA itself says that it will increase headways. If they're saying that, it sure as hell won't decrease them.

Cost: $700 million. Less frequent trains
Benefit: Less accidents?

I agree...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-07-2012, 09:32 PM
Replies: 149
Views: 23,077
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

I oppose eliminating cash lanes on tolls roads for the same reasons. I believe strongly that you should be able to get from "here" to "there" without having your travel logged, recorded, or written...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-07-2012, 09:15 PM
Replies: 3,274
Views: 426,690
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Biking in Boston

Even if you prove either of those things, both of which are very difficult to prove in the context of a criminal case even with a radar reading or a phone record, you have to prove causation, and you...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-07-2012, 08:47 PM
Replies: 5,452
Views: 720,701
Posted By massmotorist
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

When I put more thought into something, or the facts change, so do my opinions. You said it was $327 million. It's now $700 million. And it just seems really silly to spend that much money on...
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