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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 02:11 PM
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Views: 265,767
Posted By Arlington
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Greenbush line was also a mistake (should have been killed when nimbys demanded a tunnel)
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 11:06 AM
Replies: 1,351
Views: 253,813
Posted By Arlington
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I noticed that the red line test track has wooden ties with a natural color. Are they unpreserved or is there a new alternative to creosote?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 07:36 AM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 265,767
Posted By Arlington
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

I'm all for greater frequencies , but Isn't there still a natural service area (essentially as proposed for in the "DMUs 2024" proposal) where "transit" trips are "a thing"?

Usually that ends up...
Forum: Board Issues and Announcements 04-22-2019, 10:49 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 652
Posted By Arlington
Re: Should we stay or should we go?

Scrape and store the old thing as an archive for the new thing.

Archboston is a fabulous historical resource, and the threads are great.

But let's be honest, how often does anyone *actually*...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-22-2019, 09:30 AM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 265,767
Posted By Arlington
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

North Station is just not (for now) where the jobs are, and the NS-to-Kendall circulator should be free and use Track 12.
Forum: Development Projects 04-20-2019, 03:10 PM
Replies: 3,945
Views: 1,031,901
Posted By Arlington
Re: The Hub on Causeway (née TD Garden Towers) | 80 Causeway Street | West End

I miss none of the former grit or elevateds (road or rail). I am glad to finally have a North Station worthy of the name.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-20-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 4,088
Views: 788,181
Posted By Arlington
Re: Logan Flight Additions

Can any jets do Porter's airport in Toronto?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-16-2019, 02:32 PM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 265,767
Posted By Arlington
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

^Amtrak's coming generation of Acela will have regenerative braking where the power gets put back into the overhead for use by other trains or (when the trackside transformers have been upgraded) can...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-16-2019, 12:11 PM
Replies: 1,556
Views: 265,767
Posted By Arlington
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

[re: F-Line ] Exactly. Diesel fuel has awesome energy density compared to any known battery technology or even supercapacitors, and we still prefer not to lug diesel around compared to having a...
Forum: Development Projects 04-14-2019, 05:59 PM
Replies: 24
Views: 4,239
Posted By Arlington
Re: Ollie | 217 Albany St | South End

We probably need a co-living (coliving) thread all its own: whom they serve, where they should be located. But for now, what do people think are the prospects of this building?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-13-2019, 03:41 PM
Replies: 668
Views: 128,570
Posted By Arlington
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

They should do this at the bus loops at every rail station (like Back Bay and Sullivan too). Don't tell drivers "no," tell them how much it would cost to say "yes."
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-13-2019, 03:24 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

On the Pike* the "congestion charge" solution is to dynamically toll the whole thing from Natick to Logan. Tolls at rush hour should rise to ensure that it never slows. Tolls at off hours should...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 06:51 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

In Virginia, the HOT never took untolled lanes, but sometimes added a toll option to priorly-HOV-only Lanes on inner I-66 and I-395 and I-64 (Norfolk)
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-12-2019, 03:29 PM
Replies: 3,473
Views: 610,384
Posted By Arlington
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Does Storrow have to be *entirely* traded in to put the Blue down it? How about limiting Storrow to never-more-than-2 lanes each way (and putting a toll on it to limit/divert demand, and help pay...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

It isn't like anyone here was carefully doing an elasticity analysis on anything, so this discussion was already pretty meaningless, numerically. 10%...Biggest...2-3 years! LOL.

There are however...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 02:00 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Note that Virginia scrapped its vehicle fuels excise tax and instead raised its income tax to pay for transportation. Low income rural drivers liked this in red districts, and high-income...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-02-2019, 06:23 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Your positions turn out to be mutually contradictory.

You can't say both that everyone will hate it and that nobody's behavior will change enough to decongest downtown.

Some motorists will...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-01-2019, 02:30 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

^ I would say there should be majority support in

1)any place with zone 1A commuter rail fares (or that could be incentivised by offering to put them in zone 1A)

2) any place where a majority...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-31-2019, 05:07 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

I'm kind of counting also New York City having a successful demonstration of a politically popular and economically beneficial congestion zone.

Congestion zones get adopted and end up being...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-31-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

1) this isn't about taking orders from London it's about applying something that has been proven in London, Stockholm, Singapore, and many other global cities... And where the people if they had to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-30-2019, 09:19 PM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

The delay that too many drivers using underpriced roads impose on *each other* wastes an enormous amount of time.

A metro area that has roads that do not move freely can't grow.


Free moving...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-30-2019, 02:15 PM
Replies: 40
Views: 7,203
Posted By Arlington
Re: Big Dig Tunnel--

Why do tunnels leave the daylight bright lights at their entrance on at all hours of the day?

I thought the purpose of the bright lights overhead at tunnel entrances was to allow your eyes to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-29-2019, 07:52 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Which means that congestion tolling and AVs will likely arrive together.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-29-2019, 07:21 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

I've edited my post to point to the looming traffic disaster that will perfectly pierce the current system that assumes:
- cars need a driver to be driven in traffic
- cars need to park when they...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-29-2019, 07:17 AM
Replies: 545
Views: 46,602
Posted By Arlington
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

^ Don't forget raising the cost of metered street parking (as discussed in
Is parking too cheap? (http://www.archboston.org/community/showthread.php?t=1794)

The workarounds so far have created...
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