Recent content by Riverside

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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Thanks! Yeah I want to get all the details right (including Forest Hills, as you mention, and likewise the CR stopping at Oak Grove), and part of that will just have to wait until they make the official announcements.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Great minds think alike -- I've just been working on one with the bustituted routes included (like I did during the Green Line closure in June). Once the official shuttle routes are announced, I'll finish it and post it here.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I thought I had seen this and then couldn't find it but now have found it again: This seems very unfortunate to me. We want to encourage riders to avoid driving into the city and still charging for parking seems counterproductive.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The simultaneous closure of the Green Line north of Gov’t Center and the entire Orange Line of course is not unexpected based on the language of the Board of Directors meeting agenda, but it is still shocking to see in print. At the very least, hopefully the OL shuttles from the north will be...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    They will stop at Oak Grove -- there is an active though rarely used commuter rail platform. I think it's unlikely that emergency platforms will be erected elsewhere, in part because of what it would take to provide walking access to those platforms.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I try to avoid being negative when possible, but I admit that the messaging on this closure has really rubbed me the wrong way. "We’ve listened to our riders, and we hear them loud and clear – bold action needs to happen in order to improve the MBTA at the pace that riders deserve," Poftak said...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Yes, I noticed that too. Not confidence-inspiring, alas.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    ^ It is confusing though, because the agenda for the Board of Directors meeting definitely mentioned a Green Line diversion. Somewhat concerningly, the plan for the shuttle buses apparently only involves running them as far inbound as North Station and Back Bay (presumably running to Copley for...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    The link to the Board of Directors meeting is available on the T’s website now. Having slept on it, I’m increasingly wondering whether this was a deliberate leak and if they are actually aiming for something smaller (eg 2 weeks). I guess we’ll see...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    There is definitely irony here with Mayor Wu having obliquely suggested something like this a couple of weeks ago. (Maybe not irony specifically, but something.)
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I was wondering when this would happen. https://www.bostonglobe.com/2022/08/02/metro/t-said-be-considering-30-day-shutdown-orange-line-perform-maintenance
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    Reasonable Transit Pitches

    Yeah, I'm sure that this is meant to refer to a subway under Washington St between Forest Hills and Roslindale Village. To me, the question is which of these options is costlier: Option A: Convert Needham Junction to Newton Highlands to surface LRT and convert Forest Hills-West Roxbury to...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Since I guess I'm hawking it everywhere else today (via Twitter and elsewhere), I'll bring it up here again: earlier this summer, I did a deepdive analysis on Somerville's current bus network, and on the Redesign's proposed changes. I also put forward some suggestions for potential revisions to...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I do think it’s worth gaming out the “endgame” scenarios here. For example, I think we’re unlikely to see a train line outright close, but I do think some still-drastic things are conceivable, like: No subway service after 9pm Certain stations or branches closing on weekends Absurdly low...
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    Crazy Transit Pitches

    I'm organizing my bookmarks and have been reminded of the 1971 Central Area Systems Study -- to which I'm drawing the attention of the thread for what I'd argue to be its claim to the "original" Crazy Transit Pitches. In particular, the report focused at length on potential ways to combine the...

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