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Forum: Development Projects 10-25-2017, 11:12 AM
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Views: 120,195
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

Facebook is also plopping a newer and larger office in Kendal Square, Cambridge, Mass. too.

* https://www.bisnow.com/boston/news/office/facebook-remains-committed-to-cambridge-78482

*...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-23-2017, 11:15 AM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Yes.... Two pair of tracks is always best. The lack of such is why the MBTA is such a mess today. All it takes is one train breakdown and everything grinds to a halt (in both directions) when...
Forum: Development Projects 09-23-2017, 11:08 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 120,195
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

I'd rather not have my tax dollars filling Amazon's coffers considering it is already one of the largest companies on the planet. Hope they don't pick Cambridge. Amazon can afford to pay for their...
Forum: Development Projects 09-23-2017, 11:04 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 120,195
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Amazon HQ2 RFP

If Boston makes an offer for Cambridge I'd take 'em up on it. I HATTTE this crap about having to go all the way out to Woburn to do Jury Duty when Suffolk County Court is just across the Charles...
Forum: Development Projects 09-23-2017, 11:00 AM
Replies: 1,798
Views: 120,195
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: The New Office Thread

This might be something better for out near Springfield/Western Massachusetts as Amazon I am sure will want ample land to be able to expand distribution warehouses later on as needed around their...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 09-03-2017, 01:32 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Wasn't the cost of the North-South Rail Link supposed to be kept low due to the fact the cement exterior walls of the current MA-I93 tunnel extend down to bedrock? This was supposed to create a...
Forum: Boston Architecture/Urbanism Related Events 06-06-2017, 09:57 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 1,691
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: The Railroad Before the Bikepath: The Lexington and West Cambridge Railroad

It could still be done. Because of the 'third rail' the red line cannot cross streets so it would need to be underground below the bike trail much like it is underground below the bike trail between...
Forum: Development Projects 05-30-2017, 10:55 AM
Replies: 158
Views: 28,341
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Porter Square Develoments

So wish they could let them cover the Fitchburg Commuter Rail tracks. It would make the neighborhood sooo much more quieter instantly without the sound of commuter rail trains rumbling through.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-28-2017, 07:08 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,455
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Comm Ave Bridge Replacement.

I don't see how anything would get better unless somethings were pushed underground or you create an 'El'. The Boston College "B" line runs down the center of Comm. Ave. That alone plus the lanes...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-28-2017, 06:58 PM
Replies: 96
Views: 10,455
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Comm Ave Bridge Replacement.

Sidewalks look huge and the re-work doesn't seem to take into consideration where heavy snows will go in relation to bike line traffic. Boston doesn't vacuum up thesnow like they do in Toronto and...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-17-2017, 01:37 AM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

That photo in your Flikr stream of the Blue Line going down (perhaps Storrow Drive.) I'm trying to recall if that was the same concept I heard/vaugly recalled at some point earlier.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-12-2017, 10:44 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Just dawned on me I shouldn't have mentioned that Blue Line point under this thread.
Correction. From what I recall I don't believe the person was referring to Back Bay Station itself, Just that...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-12-2017, 10:33 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Is Amtrak actively looking at a transfer point at Woburn?
~D
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-12-2017, 10:23 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Based on what the Acela did for Boston Southward, I feel the growth could continue northward. As it stands now, the Downeaster Route from Boston to Maine is Amtrak's third shortest route in the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-12-2017, 01:12 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Regarding Copley. The two station halves perhaps could be connected if the tunnel is done below the two platforms like Park Street Station does? I once heard someone propose why not have the Blue...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-12-2017, 12:40 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

There's a lot under ground there.

You have the Physical basement of South Station and the Federal Reserve Bank which connects to the station. Then below that you have the Silver line level. Then...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-09-2017, 09:11 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

What about a tunnel from Copley to Back Bay Stations below Dartmouth St. over by the Boston Public Library? Then it ties into the Orange Line too?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-09-2017, 09:05 PM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

Maybe it will, maybe it won't. If the N/S rail link were built. It might make land in New Hampshire and Maine more valuable since those states would then have one-seat connectivity to New York...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-03-2017, 10:13 AM
Replies: 5,228
Views: 631,691
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The boat cannot read what's on your CharlieCard same as the Commuter Rail hence it cannot work there. After Zone 1A the conductors are up trying to verify tickets so after that you're supposed to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-03-2017, 10:12 AM
Replies: 5,228
Views: 631,691
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

People in different parts of Mass. say they don't want to subsidize the parts of the MBTA that aren't in their area. For example Western Mass. people want none of their tax dollars going to the...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-06-2016, 11:17 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 4,768
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Big Dig/Central Artery Redesign

Yep. if cheap is your pal they could of just done a demolition of the whole thing, fished the pieces out of the river, and let a for-profit ferry company fill the void between Cambridge and Kendall....
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-03-2016, 10:47 AM
Replies: 710
Views: 110,538
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: General Infrastructure

Not enough street parking so the need off-street parking.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-21-2016, 09:57 AM
Replies: 1,050
Views: 164,646
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: North-South Rail Link

I think NSRL would for the most part benefit New Hampshire, Maine and possibly Vermont most of all since through-service would allow them to avoid taking the MBTA to reach the Acela. Once NSRL was...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-20-2016, 09:14 AM
Replies: 178
Views: 27,531
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Whats left to build on?

Sorry, I typed that, early on before your response and got side tracked before logging back in and posting it. Thanks for your very thorough post.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 10-19-2016, 12:47 PM
Replies: 178
Views: 27,531
Posted By Digital_Islandboy
Re: Whats left to build on?

Under that logic Back Bay's Pru or Hancock shouldn't exist. Back Bay was all filled in swamp. There's always a way.

Similarly, Kendall Sq (as was much of Cambridge) was also marshland that was...
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