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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-20-2017, 09:33 PM
Replies: 5,298
Views: 656,961
Posted By omaja
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Quite the Baker-aggrandizing piece of literature. One might think the commuter rail is the engine driving the majority of commerce in the region and that Baker has thought up a revolutionary way to...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 01-05-2017, 09:22 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,898
Posted By omaja
Re: New and Expanded Highways

The modeling has already been done. Safety studies have already been done. This isn't something that MA would be reinventing; we're talking about the most common interchange setup on the busiest...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 01-03-2017, 08:52 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,898
Posted By omaja
Re: New and Expanded Highways

I've read SPUIs are just as safe as a traditional diamond interchange but are built to handle significantly more volume. Perhaps this is what you've read? Higher volumes would yield more accidents in...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-30-2016, 09:08 PM
Replies: 3,774
Views: 627,118
Posted By omaja
Re: Logan Flight Additions

Banco Santander's global head office is located in the suburbs of Madrid, not in the city of Santander. There initially would have been decent traffic, but the bank has not been doing too well for a...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 12-30-2016, 08:17 PM
Replies: 42
Views: 8,898
Posted By omaja
Re: New and Expanded Highways

No, they two serve different purposes. In essence, a SPUI is a better all-around interchange whereas the DD is better for instances where traffic is more unidirectional at any given time (say morning...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 12-19-2016, 07:52 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,649
Posted By omaja
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

Completely agreed. That is one of the major complaints I have with Boston is that it seems that parking always comes before mobility for both personal autos and buses. Where are the rush-hour parking...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 11-22-2016, 08:11 PM
Replies: 565
Views: 87,649
Posted By omaja
Re: MBTA Bus & BRT

"The new Upper Busway Canopy for the expanded upper Busway at Forest Hills Station on the Orange Line will facilitate year round Bus Operations."

Given that the original canopy did a mediocre job...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-18-2015, 08:04 PM
Replies: 385
Views: 73,131
Posted By omaja
Re: Casey Overpass

So what do we need to do to raise the fine for blocking the FH upper busway exit to $500 and get someone out there to actually enforce it? The white box and small "DO NOT BLOCK INTERSECTION" "FINE...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-15-2015, 10:51 PM
Replies: 3,774
Views: 627,118
Posted By omaja
Re: Logan Flight Additions

It is disappointing that JetBlue still isn't serving the Midwest (Minneapolis, St. Louis, Cleveland, Kansas City, Omaha, Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, etc.) and instead thinks it is better to...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-15-2015, 10:15 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 147,372
Posted By omaja
Re: Dr. Beverly Scott resigns

What does Chicago do differently from Boston (excluding the newer rolling stock it has) to mitigate winter weather? I would not include Montreal and Toronto in the same category because the majority...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-15-2015, 09:56 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 147,372
Posted By omaja
Re: MBTA & Regular Driving May Be Shut Down During Coming Snowstorm!

Jeff, you're conflating capital improvements with operations which are very different in terms of funding and execution. I completely agree that there are ineffiencies across the system, but when...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-14-2015, 09:04 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 147,372
Posted By omaja
Re: MBTA & Regular Driving May Be Shut Down During Coming Snowstorm!

As much as I love to rag on the MBTA for its faults and operational failures, I really don't think wasting time looking at "best practices" elsewhere will help anything at all. I think it is fairly...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-14-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 147,372
Posted By omaja
Re: Dr. Beverly Scott resigns

An inordinate amount of emphasis is placed on finding someone who deals with transit in a similar climate. We don't need someone who has dealt with 70"+ of snow in one winter. We need a leader that...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 02-09-2015, 08:10 PM
Replies: 1,222
Views: 147,372
Posted By omaja
Re: MBTA & Regular Driving May Be Shut Down During Coming Snowstorm!

^ To add, those increases are only supposed to keep up with inflation, not fix a full-blown fiscal, operational and maintenance crisis.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-28-2015, 08:56 PM
Replies: 5,298
Views: 656,961
Posted By omaja
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

Remember the time we hired this guy's predecessor to run the MBTA?

The Remarkable Turnaround of Atlanta Public Transit...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-21-2015, 08:49 PM
Replies: 2,854
Views: 447,378
Posted By omaja
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Seems like you are essentially validating my point in a rather roundabout way. In so many words: the amount in the capital budget does not have a 1:1 impact on the operating budget. So not only...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 01-20-2015, 10:46 PM
Replies: 2,854
Views: 447,378
Posted By omaja
Re: Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

Whighlander, Baker's issue is balancing the Commonwealth's operating budget. The GLX is a capital project and as such it is not an apples to apples discussion. Not sure what the specific accounting...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-08-2014, 08:12 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 118,090
Posted By omaja
Re: Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project

I don't think anyone was arguing otherwise.



A combination involving Washington Street and Mass Ave or 93 is the most likely route for north-south truck traffic. At any rate, I am sure they...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 10-07-2014, 08:43 PM
Replies: 681
Views: 118,090
Posted By omaja
Re: Commonwealth Avenue Improvement Project

^ The other alternative is to switch out massive 18-wheelers for smaller trucks to make local deliveries.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 08-12-2014, 10:23 PM
Replies: 3,336
Views: 485,254
Posted By omaja
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Why not push the ring further out and leave the "easier" pieces to become parts of different crosstown lines instead?

System view:
http://i.imgur.com/zbrL3mN.png

Zoomed view:...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-08-2014, 08:48 PM
Replies: 5,298
Views: 656,961
Posted By omaja
Re: Driven By Customer 'Service' Parte Dos

I thought I was the only one, too!

Sometimes if it's out of tune enough, it reminds me a bit of Paris' sound:
SkmllqxapBs

Speaking of the details... I would really like to see them adopt a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-08-2014, 12:52 AM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,637
Posted By omaja
Re: Lane Reduction on Mass Pike

I'm very confused. The construction is east of the toll plaza but you're talking about traffic headed away from the city? We're talking about the reduction of an auxiliary lane. It's really not...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 08-06-2014, 09:04 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 8,637
Posted By omaja
Re: Lane Reduction on Mass Pike

Most of the morning congestion on the Pike east of the Allston tolls seems to be directly connected to the poor design/ramp geometry of the 90/93 interchange and congestion on 93 itself. They're...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-31-2014, 08:44 PM
Replies: 1,455
Views: 184,138
Posted By omaja
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

^ If the traffic would really exist, connect the two via a pedestrian tunnel with moving walkways. Plenty of examples of this in other cities.
Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-29-2014, 08:38 PM
Replies: 116
Views: 16,761
Posted By omaja
Re: B Line Improvements

Stalled since 2012 pending additional funding. From the project page (www.mbta.com/about_the_mbta/t_projects/default.asp?id=23993):
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