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Forum: Board Issues and Announcements Yesterday, 07:35 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,867
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: How to post an image

Yes, thanks for your help in pointing out that there is a URL ending in .png if you isolate just the image. (I'd been assuming that there was a URL that didn't end in .png which was nevertheless a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-15-2018, 04:55 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Mass Ave / Central Sq in Cambridge

On further thought, I think an Essex St traffic light would probably be overkill.

Instead, when a Harvard bound bus is approaching Pearl St, the Pearl St light could be set up to stop the right...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-15-2018, 01:58 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Mass Ave / Central Sq in Cambridge

In March 2018, Ari posted updated thoughts on Mass Ave from the Charles River through Central Sq (http://amateurplanner.blogspot.com/2018/03/mass-ave-reimagined-charles-river-to.html)

Cambridge is...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-15-2018, 12:13 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

On Everett's upper Broadway, the southbound bike lane that the paint shows when cars are allowed to park is pretty non-ideal in terms of how close bikes end up to cars, but there probably isn't a...
Forum: Board Issues and Announcements 07-15-2018, 12:06 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 13,867
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: How to post an image

Does the forum software look at the file name extension in the image URL? I'm wondering why a firefox screenshot doesn't seem to work when I try to put...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-30-2018, 03:09 PM
Replies: 1,203
Views: 174,037
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Silver Line to Chelsea

A shoulder bus lane on 1A from the Winthrop Ave ramp to Boardman St might help both this detour and a bunch of express buses, but it would require some pavement widening.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-30-2018, 03:00 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

I'm fairly sure I've seen something in some news article indexed by news.google.com at some point in the last several years that there was one diesel bus being used for one or two trips a day on one...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-28-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

I observed a diesel 72 in the Harvard busway with exactly one headlight on not so long ago.

IIRC there aren't enough trolleybuses to cover the weekday peak for just 71 and 73 anyway; if battery...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-28-2018, 08:28 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 17,447
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Flashing Yellow Turn Arrows

The Cedar St / Summer St light in Somerville, for traffic coming from Union Sq headed towards Davis, now has the usual three round bulbs red over yellow over green, plus a fourth bulb which is a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-27-2018, 03:56 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

SL3 could potentially be routed I-90 -> Congress St -> new contraflow bus lane on Atlantic Ave -> Summer St -> Pumphouse Rd -> Massport Haul Rd -> The Ramp -> I-90. Hopefully the relevant parts of...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-19-2018, 06:05 PM
Replies: 5,298
Views: 657,831
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I thought Braintree typically filled up pretty early in the morning whereas Quincy Adams tends to never fill up. If that's the case, why are they still the same price as each other? It seems like...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-16-2018, 06:51 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Bus service to Newton commuter rail stops

Trying to mix Indigo quality service at the Newton commuter rail stops with potential future Amtrak service from Boston to New York City via Springfield with just two tracks is not likely to work out...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-16-2018, 02:19 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,404
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: North-South Rail Link

Have you watched 13:10 to 13:20 of The Boring Company Information Session?



The limitations current TBMs have in terms of not being able to dig out stations that are wider diameter than the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-15-2018, 09:59 PM
Replies: 371
Views: 60,094
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA 73 / 71 bus improvement bike lanes

Does the section of Mt Auburn St between Homer Ave and Aberdeen Ave need two westbound general purpose travel lanes (as opposed to one lane) to deal with traffic volumes and/or any limits to how much...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-15-2018, 09:41 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Davis Sq reconfiguration in Somerville

Page 21 of https://2xbcbm3dmbsg12akbzq9ef2k-wpengine.netdna-ssl.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/04/20180427-DSQ-Neighborhood-Plan_PublicReviewDraft_Reduced.pdf proposes to fix that by removing automobile...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-15-2018, 09:33 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,404
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: North-South Rail Link

https://twitter.com/yfreemark/status/1007766586818793473 is a thread with a good summary of some of the challenges with the Chicago airport to downtown tunnel plan.

I do wonder if experimentation...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-14-2018, 08:12 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Davis signal retiming to eliminate the dedicated pedestrian phase that 75% of pedestrians have been smart enough to not wait for may end up changing typical queue lengths.
...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-14-2018, 07:53 PM
Replies: 5,298
Views: 657,831
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

It does look like the pilot is going to require a cross platform transfer if people want to continue past New Haven, which might somewhat depress ridership numbers relative to what is possible.
...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 06-12-2018, 06:46 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 184,352
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

It might be possible to construct the NSRL in such a way that all of the commuter and Amtrak trains on the NEC side of Back Bay Station could duck under Fairmount / Old Colony trains heading to the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-12-2018, 06:33 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Are the northbound parking spaces on the street between the north end of the Rite Aid parking lot and Chelsea St allowed to be used as parking during the afternoon rush hour? If they are used as...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-12-2018, 06:19 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,404
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: North-South Rail Link

Is the new Wollaston design even planning for the possibility of a second commuter rail track through that station?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-12-2018, 06:17 PM
Replies: 387
Views: 75,594
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: Longfellow Bridge update

I certainly think that traffic regularly exceeding the posted speed limit justifies making traffic calming changes, and I certainly think that proposing solutions that also improve biking is great,...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-08-2018, 07:08 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,404
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: North-South Rail Link

They also said something about minimum tunnel depth to avoid surface disruption being a function of tunnel diameter; I think it may have been a requirement to go two tunnel diameters down. I'm not...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-08-2018, 07:02 PM
Replies: 1,205
Views: 180,404
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: North-South Rail Link

IIRC they may have said that hauling dirt away is normally 15%-20% of the total tunneling cost.

They seemed to be describing a slightly different brick making process than what is typically done,...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-08-2018, 06:49 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,955
Posted By Joel N. Weber II
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Are people looking at the possibility of having an initial upper Broadway afternoon bus lane exist only from Sweetser Circle to Chelsea St? Google Maps typical traffic seems to show that that...
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