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Forum: Design a Better Boston 07-14-2019, 12:37 PM
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Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

We're in the crazy thread, so I like the idea of tunneling under Beacon with stops at Audubon Circle, Coolidge Corner, Washington Square, and Cleveland Circle. Then, remove the C-Branch and replace...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2019, 10:31 PM
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Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I agree. I tend to think that commuting in traffic in a single-occupancy motor vehicle is a very dehumanizing experience. Mass transit, in theory, should bring people together with their community...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 07-06-2019, 06:31 PM
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Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Sounds nice and I'm not arguing against attempting that effort (and this is out of scope for this discussion), but suicide is not an issue that can be solved through advertising.

Advertising a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2019, 02:34 PM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 505,024
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

FYI: The Melnea Cass project (https://www.boston.gov/sites/default/files/imce-uploads/2018-12/2018-1210_melnea_cass_75_design_presentation.pdf) will add continuous, official, well-designed, separated...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-26-2019, 09:11 AM
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Views: 505,024
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

Once this phase of work is complete, you can cut out my last two bullet points!
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-25-2019, 11:08 AM
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Views: 505,024
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

In my experience, the best way is:


Melnea (https://www.google.com/maps/@42.3357112,-71.0868119,3a,43.3y,115.81h,85.09t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sYHdw_4Iu6ZFrO_sLMdM9nQ!2e0!7i16384!8i8192) Cass...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-21-2019, 01:56 PM
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Views: 915,724
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Purely anecdotal, but I've seen many fare evaders trick the gates in plain sight of a transit ambassador. It would be great if part of their job was to prevent and/or punish this type of behavior.
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 06-10-2019, 07:53 AM
Replies: 6,289
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Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

Check out the FY20-24 Capital Investment Plan (CIP). The final Fiscal Management Control Board (FMCB) CIP vote is scheduled to happen today.

Any large project is first budgeted in the CIP.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 05-20-2019, 02:46 PM
Replies: 782
Views: 140,451
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Logan Airport Capital Projects

I wonder if there's a good spot easily accessible to I-95 in Westwood, Norwood, Canton, Sharon, or Walpole.

Maybe at Route 128 Station or the University Station development. Maybe the Walople Mall...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-26-2019, 07:57 AM
Replies: 3,627
Views: 643,245
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

Would upgrading the Grand Junction for this type of service be a MassDOT, MBTA, or Amtrak project?
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-25-2019, 06:39 PM
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Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

The Reasonable Transit Page has been discussing the Downeaster in a NSRL world and/or extending Acela/Northeast Regional service to Woburn. I've crossed into "Crazy" territory, so I'm posting here.
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Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-25-2019, 02:58 PM
Replies: 1,752
Views: 291,851
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Peak period trains are already noted on the schedule (https://cdn.mbta.com/sites/default/files/route_pdfs/2018-fall/2018-10-29-fitchburg.pdf). That would be a great starting point.

They are pretty...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-24-2019, 02:47 PM
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Views: 259,934
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Reasonable Transit Pitches

Acela will be retired and replaced with Avelia by then. If many of the planned improvements take place, and we see a truly high speed corridor, it would make sense to remove stops and take advantage...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 09:55 AM
Replies: 1,752
Views: 291,851
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

I think the truth is a mix of what you two are saying.

There are low-density stations that serve low-ridership and will never see huge ridership numbers regardless of frequency. Silver Hill comes...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-23-2019, 08:13 AM
Replies: 1,752
Views: 291,851
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Regional Rail (including North-South Rail Link)

Just an anecdote:

With Regional Rail frequencies, I'd be taking the Orange Line -> Regional Rail (to Auburndale) -> bike to destination, today.

The schedule is not aligned with my schedule,...
Forum: Design a Better Boston 04-12-2019, 03:18 PM
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Views: 643,245
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Crazy Transit Pitches

To Lake Street, Arlington? Arlington Center?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 10:50 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Good idea.

The beauty of a congestion charge (which isn't the be-all-end-all policy by any means), is that it actually taxes and discourages something drivers also hate: traffic.

As purely a...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-12-2019, 10:31 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

A 10% additional income tax with no other changes in taxing or spending to offset the negative repercussions of that additional tax is ridiculous.

Claiming it would cause a non-MA city to become...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-11-2019, 09:14 AM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

The taxi drivers that bought medallions made a terrible business decision. I have sympathy for them, just like others who make terrible business decisions. But they do not deserve any subsidy. They...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-10-2019, 03:25 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Here's a more reasonable proposal. It doesn't solve all of our problems, but would be a step in the right direction and have widespread support.

Currently, there is a per-ride tax on ride-share...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-05-2019, 01:56 PM
Replies: 1,055
Views: 193,202
Posted By bigeman312
Re: I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

So, is widening the Grand Junction bridge to accommodate a multi-use trail not part of this project?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-05-2019, 01:50 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Geometric inefficiency on an under-priced, un-managed, limited resource (space).



These things (as well as pricing) encourage people to use the limited space in a geometrically inefficient...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 04-03-2019, 02:02 PM
Replies: 575
Views: 52,221
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Congestion toll in Boston?

Is there a mechanism in place for a county-specific (ie Suffolk County) gas tax? Or a municipality-specific (ie Somerville) gas tax?
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-20-2019, 10:45 AM
Replies: 6,289
Views: 915,724
Posted By bigeman312
Re: General MBTA Discussion Thread

I think mis-allocation of government spending (federal and otherwise), as well as inefficiencies and poor cost control are all problems and not mutually exclusive. And all of these issues affect the...
Forum: Transit and Infrastructure 03-19-2019, 10:18 AM
Replies: 3,412
Views: 505,024
Posted By bigeman312
Re: Biking in Boston

Bike infrastructure pitch:

Continue the cycle track east along Causeway and Commercial, to the existing cycle track at Charter St.

Construct a new cycle track from the west end of this one,...
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