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Old 07-17-2017, 11:08 PM   #681
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You seem to be treating all real estate as if it were a suburban owner-occupied house. In the core, the taxpayer is not "the homeowner."

If you want to picture a "who" that pays, you still endup with either an inanimate building or, its owner, which is likely to be a REIT or non-residentt, or an employer trying to maximize access to the talent pool/labor market. In that core (essentially where MBTA "double-digit" buses run), what's demanded is pure "access" and pure "mobility" and does not begin with "I already own this car..."
Okay, so if it's a business owner or non-occupant, how does that change the calculus? If there's no transit, they'd want better roads too. Your argument is that transportation spending should maximize property values, but congestion and poor auto mobility reduce those outside of the MBTA service area. You also limit your argument to that area, but you're citing a statewide metric.

In any case, highways and transit receive approximately equal shares of Mass. transportation spending:

http://massdot.maps.arcgis.com/apps/...bf985c8d91e6e0
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Old 09-27-2017, 11:30 AM   #682
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MassMoves report is out from the State Senate:

https://malegislature.gov/cc/reports...mmary-2017.pdf

I think it's pretty momentous that the General Assembly is openly stating that their constituents have a willingness to be taxed for infrastructure.
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Old 10-25-2017, 02:27 PM   #683
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Boston and the surrounding area's Mass Infrastructure: This sums it up. Its FUCKED
Gridlock at random times of the night on the highways
Poor MBTA upgrades
UBER drivers
Poor infrastructure upgrades.

Even Mayor Marty Walsh states the Seaport was not built in the idea of having good infrastructure. Very Poor Planning.

We need flying cars.
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Old 10-25-2017, 03:12 PM   #684
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I know you're just throwing chum in the water, but I'll bite. We will never have flying cars, and that is good because we should never have flying cars.

Individual transit will never be efficient enough to alleviate traffic, so we might as well not add the instant death when you suffer a formerly minor mechanical or navigation failure.

ETA, lest you think I'm skipping the point:

-night repairs on the highways cause traffic. There's no better time for them.

-the T sucks, but we just have to fix it. Easier said than done, yeah.

-holy hell, are all these uber and lyft drivers terrible. I almost got hit by one going the wrong way down a street in DTX yesterday to pick up a fare. Last week I almost rear-ended one stopping on Storrow Drive to drop someone off. Storrow Drive!

-the seaport, totally with you. Should have been planned with rapid transit from the start.
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Old 11-09-2017, 02:26 PM   #685
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Video rendering of Appleton Pedestrian Bridge (adjacent to the Longfellow Bridge):

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