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Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-10-2015, 01:05 PM
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Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

What tool did you use for this?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-27-2015, 02:14 PM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

Our long regional nightmare is finally over.

Today's been a pretty good day, overall.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-27-2015, 08:02 AM
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Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

There are plenty of other ways to have fun and build civic pride that aren't centered around a corporatized and overcapitalized money grab wearing the tired window dressings of sport.

And it...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-27-2015, 07:31 AM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

To get the things you otherwise wouldn't have had for decades (Blue and Orange Line extensions), centuries (North-South), or potentially ever (Mass Avenue subway). Irrational exuberance is all well...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-26-2015, 02:26 PM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

Get used to it, because LA is the only place in this entire country qualified to host a 'sensible' Olympics. The venues are all there already, they've done it twice before, the infrastructure is...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 06-20-2015, 06:47 PM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 264,817
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Not even. This is a functionally worthless routing - New Yorkers heading to Boston already have the Northeast Corridor service into South Station, everyone north of Haverhill heading to Boston...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 06-11-2015, 10:49 AM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

It's worse than all merely being "theoretical," there's a very real chance that anything put into motion before a 2016 referendum would be shut down / spiked by the pro-Olympics contingent as...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-10-2015, 06:41 AM
Replies: 577
Views: 126,951
Re: Fairmont Line Upgrade

Slowly reducing parking accomplishes nothing (or, more technically, it turns legal parking spaces into illegal parking spaces that could maybe one day become small fractions of a bus lane.)

While...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-27-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 42,869
Re: Boston to Cape rail

No, that's only for spur interstate routes (three digit numbering.) 93 can be redesignated to start and end wherever we like, provided the entire road is up to interstate standards.

The way the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-25-2015, 07:14 PM
Replies: 224
Views: 42,869
Re: Boston to Cape rail

Of course the only solution is to build more bridge! I mean, it's not like the real problem could possibly be the imbalance between traffic on the two bridges owing to the lack of a freeway...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 05-12-2015, 09:37 AM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

Currently under construction. The new target date is 2020, a realistic expectation would be 2021, and I'm willing to bet that I will be able to board a train to Union Square in Somerville in 2023.
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Forum: Design a Better Boston 05-11-2015, 03:15 PM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

OK, but the Olympics boosters aren't arguing that things won't get done on schedule otherwise. I understand that, and agree, and I think that's a problem we ought to be addressing in a fashion other...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 05-11-2015, 02:34 PM
Replies: 2,469
Views: 384,011
Re: Boston 2024

And you know what? Frankly, these people ARE in a no-win situation.

It is an indisputable fact that a whole host of infrastructure improvements were being planned before when the Olympics bid was...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-07-2015, 03:18 PM
Replies: 795
Views: 145,441
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Doesn't the calculus on the billion-dollar busway as a cure for 84-related woes fly straight out the window when it turns out that a third of the busway is in the way of viaduct replacement, meaning...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-21-2015, 01:21 PM
Replies: 1,784
Views: 264,817
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

As I understand it, the path of least resistance from an engineering standpoint is to send the Blue Line over one of the Storrow Drive carriageways, which is also probably the only trade-off that...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-21-2015, 12:42 PM
Replies: 491
Views: 112,451
Re: Amtrak's $117 Billion Plan For High Speed Travel

Hell, even just getting the Acela trip time down from 6.5 to 5 would produce a big jump in the mode share numbers for Amtrak versus flying - if you're figuring an hour on either side for getting...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-18-2015, 05:00 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 106,402
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

I'd be much more inclined to believe it if Fenway Center isn't coming up on a full decade of no shovels in the ground. So far, that entire area has produced a modernized Yawkey CR stop and precious...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-17-2015, 06:26 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 106,402
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

The Pike's at surface level and will bear 85~90% of the surface disruption that would be required to cut and cover. The rest of the surface disruption is confined to the parking lot attached to...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-17-2015, 08:02 AM
Replies: 601
Views: 106,402
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

My staunch opposition is twofold.

First, as you said, the scheduling and operational deficiencies might just make this thing a non-starter no matter what you do.

Second, the same curve geometry...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-16-2015, 02:21 PM
Replies: 601
Views: 106,402
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

One of you please explain to me why B<->D is even a necessary move here?

As far as I can tell, connecting (or "connecting" with a transfer station) to the B at BU Bridge isn't in question here.
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Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-11-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,296
Re: Green Line eRconfiguration

$300 million across a number of disparate projects is absolutely a marginal amount of money when the things that you could be spending money on instead all have high-10 or 11 figure price tags (NSRL,...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-11-2015, 07:12 PM
Replies: 104
Views: 29,296
Re: Green Line eRconfiguration

A moving overtake, of the kind that you can only do with a contiguous extra track, has superior utility to holding trains for 4+ minutes in the comparative middle of nowhere.

There's also no...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-30-2015, 10:30 AM
Replies: 601
Views: 106,402
Re: Green Line Reconfiguration

I'd be a lot more supportive of this idea if the City Point bus terminal was an actual terminal, or indeed, even just a real place beyond a bus parking lot in the middle of nowhere on the outskirts...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-27-2015, 06:18 AM
Replies: 404
Views: 105,924
Re: Red Line / Blue Line Connector

If I recall correctly, the stated cost of Blue to Charles/MGH was $750 million. This is running entirely under a clean-roomed 60s urban-renewal boulevard and an "extension" of less than a mile, so...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 03-23-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 42
Views: 13,695
New and Expanded Highways

It doesn't.

Fixing the Braintree Split requires a whole bunch of exit ramp reconfiguration, but I'm not convinced that it's an implausible project even if you assume that there's going to be zero...
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