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    Other People's Rail: Amtrak, commuter rail, rapid transit news & views outside New England

    Is a Shore Line East extension to Providence possible or planned? It would be great for the gap between MBTA and SLE to be closed. I imagine it would enable a cheaper Boston > NYC option than the Northeast Regional.
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I imagine an air rights project would be immensely easier and cheaper if completed while the highway and tracks beneath it are also under construction right?
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    Grounding the McGrath

    The resurfacing has been planned for a while, well before the infrastructure bill. I live about 200 feet from the overpass, so you won’t find a bigger advocate for the grounding to just start already. However, it’s been clear for a while the project won’t commence until 2026 or later. They...
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    Grounding the McGrath

    Repairs / resurfacing with a road diet.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    Does anyone know if the train protection system will improve signaling well enough to reduce headways or eliminate some stop signs on grade separated parts of the system? There are several on the GLX and I think two in the portal between Science Park and North Station. It would be so much more...
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    Biking in Boston

    What statements did they make about the bike lanes?
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    MXD Residential Tower | 135 Broadway | Kendall Square

    I agree, I’m sure that is what they’re doing. I was just making the point that bird safe design probably should be a consideration in new projects. Everything I’ve seen points to the glass being the problem rather than accent lighting, so it’s not a justification to remove it.
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    MXD Residential Tower | 135 Broadway | Kendall Square

    Referencing this article: https://www.businessinsider.com/bird-safe-glass-windows-arnold-glas-ornilux-2020-7 ”the city's Javits Center, which was renovated with bird-safe glass in 2015, and has now reduced collisions by 90%.” It’s not saving “a few extra birds a year”, it’s nearly eliminating...
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    MXD Residential Tower | 135 Broadway | Kendall Square

    It has either an etching or coating pattern to so that it is not perfectly reflective or see through.
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    MXD Residential Tower | 135 Broadway | Kendall Square

    An episode of the podcast 99% Invisible aired just last week about the consideration of bird strikes in architecture: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/99-invisible/id394775318?i=1000556348774 To summarize, there are some effective design considerations that can be made that can almost...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    What are the laws around accessible emergency evacuation points? It’s obviously not a requirement for buildings. Is it required for transit stations? Is the T going above and beyond here, or just covering for themselves if both elevators break on the same day?
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    Fenway Corners (Red Sox) | 1 Jersey Street | Fenway

    That building would be the perfect place for a rooftop bar, though I know it won’t happen.
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I’m surprised the cities aren’t using the money that was returned to them for these improvements. A simple heated shelter like this would go a long way to make the stations more comfortable during inclement weather.
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    https://mass.streetsblog.org/2022/03/24/whats-in-the-ts-new-5-year-construction-plan/ What’s In the T’s New 5-Year Construction Plan
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    Anyone have a video of the ride into Boston? this is a decent one I found

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