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Old 06-10-2019, 10:53 AM   #2181
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Re: Encore Boston Harbor Casino | Everett

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I sympathize with displaced Wellington garage Parkers:why isn't it a "rule" that parking so close to a T is somehow reserved for T users?

Or why wasn't the casino asked to build / add instead of outbidding existing commuters?

Imagine, for example, if they had been allowed to "private train" some of the Orange Line fleet?
For anybody unfamiliar, this lot is the garage across the 1/5 mile skybridge. The Wellington parking lot, directly next to the station, still has capacity. The garage has 8 floors, and the very top 2 are leased by the MBTA. You can park for $1 cheaper per day in the MBTA section, but you have to drive all the way to the top. The MBTA section is not changing according to the sign on the door, just the Pilgrim Open Parking section. The complaints are from those who like covered parking on the bottom floors.
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Old 06-11-2019, 10:59 PM   #2182
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From 6/7.

IMG_2097 by David Z, on Flickr

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Old 06-12-2019, 11:35 AM   #2183
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I sympathize with displaced Wellington garage Parkers:why isn't it a "rule" that parking so close to a T is somehow reserved for T users?

Or why wasn't the casino asked to build / add instead of outbidding existing commuters?

Imagine, for example, if they had been allowed to "private train" some of the Orange Line fleet?
Because it's the God Damn free F'ing market, dude!! Do you really think government should be micromanaging parking garage operators, of all people, to that level?!
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Old 06-12-2019, 12:32 PM   #2184
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There are tons of (empty) Encore busses driving around Everett and the surrounding area all the time. It looks like they are practicing. They definitely will have a big fleet when it opens.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:56 PM   #2185
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Don't know if it is true or not, but I heard that the June 19th opening may be delayed for about a month. Something to do with former CEO Steve Wynn & the scandal that he was involved in.
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:59 PM   #2186
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According to the website it will be June 23rd.
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:08 PM   #2187
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According to this CW article today, there's a testing open period next week:
https://commonwealthmagazine.org/gam...ld-be-problem/

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On Wednesday, the commission voted 4-0 (Commissioner Gayle Cameron was not at the meeting) to give Encore a provisional OK to open for testing next week. Encore will open for test runs on June 17, 19, and 20 with profits being donated to charity.

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Old 06-17-2019, 03:37 PM   #2188
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Old 06-17-2019, 05:25 PM   #2189
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Do you really think government should be micromanaging parking garage operators, of all people, to that level?!
Garages physically attached directly to T stops are not really a free market. The provision of transit to an area creates a public-policy need that nearby parcels will contribute to ridership, not outbid its users.

I'm not sure of the exact history, but that garage was originally attached by an "horizontal elevator" and now the original structure has an enclosed walkway in the air rights over the Wellington Yard. That's sort of an implied subsidy (by transit to deliver customers to the garage)

Its location is part of a TOD package. Maybe we didn't write the contract tight enough, but the idea of the whole thing was that the parking supported transit ridership, not that employers far away would outbid on-site and transit users.

In net, this deal is going to decrease transit ridership at Wellington without taking any cars off the road (it replaces Orange Line commuters with employees riding a Wynn shuttle bus).

Politically, it is worth making a stink. Here we do have a clear case of Wynn making his employee's lives better by making somebody else's worse. If he'd been required to build a new garage somewhere (or only use non-TOD structured parking) that'd be preferable from a public policy standpoint.

Maybe you can get an "MBTA" spot on the top 2 floors...but that's a lot of extra schlepping and driving every day and not going to be fun if they get stuck behind a Wynn shift-change clot on the lower floors.
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