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    Unbuilt Highways in Massachusetts

    As example - NY has been slowly designating NY-17 as I-86 as they bring sections up to interstate standard over the past 20+ years, and it's seemingly no issue legally to have discontinuous sections of the corridor.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    For an intelligently run and properly staffed transit system, entirely feasible. For the MBTA at this exact moment in time - probably impossible due to the driver shortage. They currently don't have enough drivers to be running the intended level of service and we're seeing service reductions...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    No, it's been studied in somewhat more depth than that. From 2012, you can look here:
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    Cape Cod Rail, Bridges and Highways

    Bridge costs don't tend to scale linearly AFAIK. The difference in cost between building a 4 lane bridge vs a 6 lane bridge is not going to be 33%, but a much smaller fraction. And in this case, that'd be even more true, because the proposed auxiliary travel lanes are a small portion of the...
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    State to take closer look at tolls on I-93

    Find some other revenue source that's less politically radioactive, actually build and operate an expanded, reliable, pleasant, clean, system that people believe offers a good service that they want to use or at least can see themselves using, and then start with more of the financial/structural...
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    Green Line Extension to Medford & Union Sq

    I'd expect the real-world effect to be minimal with the short length of the line, though? We're talking 4 stops if this is only the behavior on the branch and not Lechmere, and presumably the only time you'll be skipping multiple stops going inbound is the lowest-ridership times of the day...
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    Metro-North and LIRR have peak/off-peak fares. I don't usually hear much griping about it.
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    Regional Rail (RUR) & North-South Rail Link (NSRL)

    At least speaking to my own life in a typical enough white-collar profession, most people I see work....slightly flexible hours. An issue/problem, late meeting, just being in the middle of something, making up a bit of time might have them staying 30min-1.5hrs longer than standard. Another day...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    Slides 31 + 32 from the previous post have the details, but yes. 20ft usable width on the boardwalk.
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I for one would love to see some photo ops in front of South Attleboro, JFK/UMass, and Lynn Station.
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    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    This doesn't feel like a particularly useful perspective to me. You could seemingly apply this logic to every piece of infrastructure - "if it was never built we'd just have had to deal with it not existing in some way" - well, yes, that's true. That doesn't really address anything about the...
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    Bowker Overpass replacement?

    I recognize they're trying to show off the park design, but I feel like I'm having trouble parsing the road configuration in this diagram with the erratic use of transparency. Is there an actual road diagram somewhere?
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    MBTA Construction Projects

    Amazing that closing the commuter rail station entirely for one of the largest cities in the state is acceptable for any significant length of time, much less some kind of undefined, years long period.
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    North Washington St Bridge

    Or the Rourke Bridge in Lowell.
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    Biking in Boston

    Happy to be corrected by someone that knows better than me, but you might be understating the significance? It looks like it's been their staging location/access point for track maintenance lately. It is a fairly long storage track right next to the portal to Kenmore and the central subway. It...
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    We have data, that's not true. Dorchester and Mattapan are higher car ownership than the Boston average, not less. Roxbury is the only one of those 3 that's below average.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    I suspect you'd find that car mode share is substantially higher for non-commute/off-peak trips, not lower. Traffic is lighter, parking is easier to find or lower-cost, and MBTA transit service is often far worse.
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    Biking in Boston

    I wish there'd be more thought and attention given to bike storage. I'm not particularly confident that if I (for example) bike Downtown for a night out, that my bike is still going to be there, intact and undamaged when I come out 6 hours later, even with good locks. And certainly not if I...
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    MBTA "Transformation" (Green Line, Red Line, & Orange Line Transformation Projects)

    The report is talking about linear feet of track - there are 2+ tracks. So in terms of the line it's probably more like half the line was fucked at the time, not the entire thing......which is still awful, obviously. The graphs on slides 14 + 15 are for track due for renewal or extended...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Well, as of late 2019 - there was an estimated $1bn of power systems work (system-wide) in the capital backlog and only about $170m of it actually in the 5-year CIP to be done. Not sure how it's changed since. System-wide Power Assessment - Capital Needs