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    Suburban Complete Streets

    The project in question is MassDOT #606448. If you refer to Addendum #1 issued for this contract, there was a question by a prospective contractor regarding the scuppers. In response, a revised detail was provided for the scuppers showing the grates. Now, if you look at said detail, it clearly...
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    Suburban Complete Streets

    That is not a MassDOT standard grate. MassDOT standards call for cast iron and the grate in question is some sort of steel or steel alloy. Nor does that look like any MassDOT standard type grate, design-wise. Furthermore, per the standards, bar grates are not to be used on "facilities where...
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    General Infrastructure

    As a traffic engineer, it pains me to see newly constructed islands where the curb reveal is less than 6" for no apparent reason. The use of sloped granite edging here (as opposed to vertical granite) is usually done to allow for some sort of vehicular accommodation (in this case it could be...
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    From this article, its sounds as if Spirit would be merged into the B6 operation and the separate branding would go away: "If approved, the combined carrier would be led by Hayes and remain headquartered in New York under the JetBlue brand. Spirit’s brand would eventually disappear."
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    Traffic Signals

    As someone who once worked as a staff Engineer (and plow) for a town northwest of Boston, the counterpoint to this is the need for additional drainage structures to drain the water that gets trapped by the raised impediments and that these are hell for snowplow operations in the winter.
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    Traffic Signals

    The MUTCD is the governing guidance for signal design in this country, save for state amendments. Not adhering to the MUTCD leaves a designer completely liable for anything that might happen as a result of the signal design. Furthermore, the use of two signal heads to serves as a de-facto...
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    General Infrastructure

    This is a daily occurrence on 495. So frustrating.
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    Except that's not their M.O. A big part of their selling point is their hard product on this route and it'd be hard to find a comparable A321LR they could lease that would feature a cabin close to what they have. Plus the added cost along with all their existing operational issues at the moment.
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    It was fun while it lasted.
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    North Washington St Bridge

    I used them back in the fall when I was walking around before a Bruins game.
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    Logan Airport Flights and Airlines Discussion

    Except the dock is floating out in the harbor. You need to take a ferry boat from land to reach it.
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    State and Municipal procurement for large contracts required a public bid process where the low bidder will receive the contract. There are a few mechanisms for the awarding authority to award the work to another bidder, but they do not get employed often as they are difficult to prove and/or...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    My wife used to commute in from North Billerica and would park there because it was fairly easy to access from 495. Eventually, due to scheduling and the lots filling up, she switched over to Anderson RTC. But to your point, most of that ridership was people driving in with very little local...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    If you're going to tout your work getting prepared to open the new station, at least have the presence of mind to take decent photos (or at least crop them) that don't show rust stains all over the concrete.
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    Cape Cod Rail, Bridges and Highways

    In an ideal world, we'd have a robust public transit system that gets people from the core urbanized areas in an around Boston to the Cape, along with a light rail system within the Cape itself. But we don't. And the fact remains that Cape tourism is a major economic engine for the state. And...

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