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Forum: Design a Better Boston Yesterday, 12:27 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 5,265
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Fantasy T maps

Call me unimaginative, but I like Kenmore as a terminus for the Blue Line.

It would provide a necessary, higher-capacity, east-west route through the densest (job + tourist + resident + etc)...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-21-2019, 01:51 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 809
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Design a Better Lot

It would help, but 90% is a huge exaggeration. The left turn from South Huntington to Huntington on the trolley tracks is a huge percentage of the problem. Stand there for an hour and count how many...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-21-2019, 10:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 809
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Design a Better Lot

In a perfect world, the E-Branch would run to Hyde Square.

But, I'm weighing the options realistically with all stakeholders, and looking at the limited space available.

This stretch of South...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-20-2019, 11:23 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 809
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Design a Better Lot

That intersection should be re-designed before a major "placemaking" development occurs there.

That lot is suited for a high-rise, mixed-use building, with ground-floor retail. As-is, that...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-11-2019, 06:42 PM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 655,054
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Yes. Extending beyond Ashmont (to Mattapan via Milton) or Alewife (to Waltham via Belmont or to Lexington via Arlington) would make far more sense than extending beyond Braintree.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-08-2019, 10:26 AM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 265,304
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Increasing frequency at the Newton stations has more to do with rebuilding the stations so that they are accessible and serve both tracks. That can be done without increasing overall frequency on the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-07-2019, 09:15 PM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 265,304
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

I work right on the 554, and take the T to work, but avoid the 554 at all costs because its routing is circuitous and asinine, its on-time performance is abysmal, and it is constantly mired in...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-14-2019, 12:37 PM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 655,054
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

We're in the crazy thread, so I like the idea of tunneling under Beacon with stops at Audubon Circle, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and Cleveland Circle. Then, remove the C-Branch and replace...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2019, 10:31 PM
Replies: 6,409
Views: 934,017
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I agree. I tend to think that commuting in traffic in a single-occupancy motor vehicle is a very dehumanizing experience. Mass transit, in theory, should bring people together with their community...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2019, 06:31 PM
Replies: 6,409
Views: 934,017
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Sounds nice and I'm not arguing against attempting that effort (and this is out of scope for this discussion), but suicide is not an issue that can be solved through advertising.

Advertising a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 509,838
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

FYI: The Melnea Cass project (https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/imce-uploads/2018-12/2018-1210_melnea_cass_75_design_presentation.pdf) will add continuous, official, well-designed, separated...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2019, 09:11 AM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 509,838
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

Once this phase of work is complete, you can cut out my last two bullet points!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-25-2019, 11:08 AM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 509,838
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

In my experience, the best way is:


Melnea (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3357112,-71.0868119,3a,43.3y,115.81h,85.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYHdw_4Iu6ZFrO_sLMdM9nQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) Cass...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-21-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 6,409
Views: 934,017
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Purely anecdotal, but I've seen many fare evaders trick the gates in plain sight of a transit ambassador. It would be great if part of their job was to prevent and/or punish this type of behavior.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-10-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6,409
Views: 934,017
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Check out the FY20-24 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The final Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB) CIP vote is scheduled to happen today.

Any large project is first budgeted in the CIP.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-20-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 848
Views: 147,683
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

I wonder if there's a good spot easily accessible to I-95 in Westwood, Norwood, Canton, Sharon, or Walpole.

Maybe at Route 128 Station or the University Station development. Maybe the Walople Mall...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-26-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 655,054
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Would upgrading the Grand Junction for this type of service be a MassDOT, MBTA, or Amtrak project?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-25-2019, 06:39 PM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 655,054
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

The Reasonable Transit Page has been discussing the Downeaster in a NSRL world and/or extending Acela/Northeast Regional service to Woburn. I've crossed into "Crazy" territory, so I'm posting here.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-25-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 300,289
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Peak period trains are already noted on the schedule (https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/route_pdfs/2018-fall/2018-10-29-fitchburg.pdf). That would be a great starting point.

They are pretty...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-24-2019, 02:47 PM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 265,304
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Acela will be retired and replaced with Avelia by then. If many of the planned improvements take place, and we see a truly high speed corridor, it would make sense to remove stops and take advantage...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 300,289
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

I think the truth is a mix of what you two are saying.

There are low-density stations that serve low-ridership and will never see huge ridership numbers regardless of frequency. Silver Hill comes...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 300,289
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Just an anecdote:

With Regional Rail frequencies, I'd be taking the Orange Line -> Regional Rail (to Auburndale) -> bike to destination, today.

The schedule is not aligned with my schedule,...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-12-2019, 03:18 PM
Replies: 3,733
Views: 655,054
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

To Lake Street, Arlington? Arlington Center?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 597
Views: 55,734
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Good idea.

The beauty of a congestion charge (which isn't the be-all-end-all policy by any means), is that it actually taxes and discourages something drivers also hate: traffic.

As purely a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 597
Views: 55,734
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

A 10% additional income tax with no other changes in taxing or spending to offset the negative repercussions of that additional tax is ridiculous.

Claiming it would cause a non-MA city to become...
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