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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-10-2019, 12:38 PM
Replies: 6,276
Views: 914,609
Posted By sm89
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

The city is having developers take a look at a few things at both Central and Kendall:

1) Reopening old entrances/exits (Central)
2) Constructing new entrances/exits (Kendall)
3) Making the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-01-2019, 11:24 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 954
Posted By sm89
Re: Memorial Drive Greenway Phase III

The DCR has an interim striping plan that they're working on for the BU Rotary to be implemented this year. It will formalize the lanes and make it safer, though that won't affect traffic much. The...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-30-2019, 08:03 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 954
Posted By sm89
Re: Memorial Drive Greenway Phase III

Yes, sorry, the right turn. It made the Comm Ave intersection great, but created insane amounts of traffic in Cambridge leading up to the bridge. Gridlocked the BU rotary and Granite/Brookline...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-28-2019, 10:17 AM
Replies: 6
Views: 954
Posted By sm89
Re: Memorial Drive Greenway Phase III

It had been working much better until they reduced the capacity on the Boston side with the Comm Ave project. There used to be one lane up and two down on both sides with the change over being...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2019, 01:30 PM
Replies: 404
Views: 85,620
Posted By sm89
Re: Biking the Boston 'Burbs (Trails, MDC, & Towns beyond Hubway area)

8.5ft wide? 14ft is the preferred width for a mixed use path and 10ft is typically the minimum. I understand that there might be some pinch points, but they should at least hold 10ft where they can...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-25-2019, 12:27 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 504,847
Posted By sm89
Re: Biking in Boston

I support these routings. Especially during commuting hours, the "strength in numbers" along Columbus Ave and Essex St is amazing.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-18-2019, 05:17 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 282,839
Posted By sm89
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

It's particularly bad at the termini (for example, Oak Grove) where the doors are open for 10+ mins until it's time to start the run.
Forum: Development Projects 06-18-2019, 05:14 PM
Replies: 549
Views: 137,970
Posted By sm89
Re: Somerville Developments

This is so much better! I don't see the point in keeping the weird double church in the back, but at least now the portion that fronts the street will look more "downtown" in design.
Forum: Development Projects 06-12-2019, 01:19 PM
Replies: 184
Views: 40,494
Posted By sm89
Re: The Huntington | 252, 258, and 264 Huntington Avenue

Honestly I'm fine with this. It would be great if they can increase the number of units, add no parking, and stay within the previously approved building envelope.
Forum: Development Projects 06-05-2019, 11:38 AM
Replies: 1,341
Views: 256,579
Posted By sm89
Re: Site in Hub top choice for a soccer stadium

Can we rename this thread as something else? Maybe "Revolution Stadium Discussion". It's a pet peeve that it's titled after one Globe article for a site that didn't end up working.
Forum: Development Projects 06-04-2019, 07:34 PM
Replies: 330
Views: 72,889
Posted By sm89
Re: Tremont Crossing | Roxbury

I too, am excited about this project, but it's hardly transit oriented. Maybe "transit situated"? It includes a 1,400 space garage next to the T and is anchored by BJ's, a store that's "thing" is...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-27-2019, 06:58 PM
Replies: 1,055
Views: 193,102
Posted By sm89
Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

It's not conjecture; the width is already being acquired. The path will be 10-14ft in width with 2ft shoulders on each side and room for two tracks. It's not shovel ready, but aside from the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-27-2019, 11:14 AM
Replies: 1,055
Views: 193,102
Posted By sm89
Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

The City is also designing the Grand Junction path enough room for two tracks for whenever the MBTA is ready to build them.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-23-2019, 06:10 PM
Replies: 6,276
Views: 914,609
Posted By sm89
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I think I remember them saying that they are working on TSP for this section. There's still too many stations, but if that comes on line, it would help with the delays due to traffic signals at least.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-23-2019, 11:49 AM
Replies: 780
Views: 141,420
Posted By sm89
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

There was a wire issue that they had been chasing for over a year since the Huron Ave project finished. With the Harvard Tunnel rehab coming up soon, I'm not sure what their plan is.
Forum: Development Projects 05-21-2019, 11:55 AM
Replies: 113
Views: 20,006
Posted By sm89
Re: 5 Middlesex Avenue | Assembly Square | Somerville

I think he's referring to 1 floor of retail maybe?

Did the design change though? I must have missed it if so.
Forum: Development Projects 05-21-2019, 11:54 AM
Replies: 356
Views: 81,943
Posted By sm89
Re: Roxbury Developments

I feel like in modern times, no one is able to build a reasonable looking mansard roof. They always have deep holes for windows, windows that protrude way out, a roof that appears tacked on, no...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-21-2019, 11:47 AM
Replies: 782
Views: 140,350
Posted By sm89
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

It never occurred to me that these routes are also great for airport employees. Such high utilization!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-21-2019, 11:45 AM
Replies: 6,276
Views: 914,609
Posted By sm89
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

"Station A" haha. It's weird that they wouldn't just use the actual station name considering this rendering isn't a typical.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-17-2019, 06:02 PM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 573,683
Posted By sm89
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

I've done a few Engineer's Estimates over the years, not always for MBTA projects, but there have been a couple that I helped with. You use the standard bid items and the MassDOT averages for a lot...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-17-2019, 04:22 PM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 573,683
Posted By sm89
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

People on bikes need to get to the station too. It's like saying ban buses from dropping people off at the station because they'll cause traffic on nearby streets. Let's also remember that the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-16-2019, 12:01 PM
Replies: 3,017
Views: 573,683
Posted By sm89
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

The provisions for the station lengthening make no sense. I can't imagine how with future mobilization costs and construction impacts that it doesn't make sense to just build them a little longer...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-14-2019, 05:51 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 282,839
Posted By sm89
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I'd imagine one of the issues with that design is that it doesn't work as well in snowy weather, but yes there are other options out there. The MBTA just happened to decide to use what they did based...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-14-2019, 04:35 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 282,839
Posted By sm89
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

Because buses and the green line aren't heavy rail transit. The bus setup leaves too much room to driver error and you can see in the video that I linked above that the doors of the green line would...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-14-2019, 03:42 PM
Replies: 1,566
Views: 282,839
Posted By sm89
Re: New Red and Orange Line Cars

I think they were raised 6 to 8 inches depending on what they had before. It wasn't about level boarding, it was about being at a height where the ramp could deploy and still have a manageable slope...
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