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    Pawtucket-Central Falls MBTA Commuter Rail Station | Pine and Barton Streets | Pawtucket

    As far as TOD goes, there is a plan, ca 2016/2017, for substantial development around the station including on the site of the current parking lot. The problem is, afaik, no developers have yet bit - I think Pawtucket rents might not yet support the business case, so I think until the old mill...
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    Pawtucket-Central Falls MBTA Commuter Rail Station | Pine and Barton Streets | Pawtucket

    Not that here is the right place to discuss this, but they did publish the 30% design renders for the Newton Stations back in 2021. Now, admittedly, to my eyes W. Newton and Newtonville look wildly overbuilt - I would have imagined that being relatively deep in the I-90 trench they could have...
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    Unbuilt Highways in Massachusetts

    Now that Rhode Island is zapping the last of its surface signalized intersections on 146, what is the likelihood of MassDOT following suit in Sutton/Millbury at some reasonable future date? It was studied back in 2005; at the time, the provision of frontage roads and potential eminent domain...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    Isn't that still technically a pilot?
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    Boom Breaks ground for $500M factory & looks to roll out first SST Jetliner in 2026.

    Regardless of where this is posted (the factory is in Greensboro NC, so not here), that thing is never going to fly by 2026. No major engine builder was willing to build them an engine, so they're building their own - jet engine development and especially certification is extremely expensive...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    Frankly, the T hasn't paid the majority of the contract value yet - more than half is tied up as part of the undelivered Red Line fleet. Like most big commercial capital things, payment in full is predicated upon delivery, the rest on certain milestones. 50% of the contract value was held back...
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    New Red and Orange Line Cars

    The part you're missing is that the penalty is per vehicle, per day. Across say, the 240 pending out of 252 car Red Line order, (which was scheduled to be completed by Sept 23) that's ~$43 million a year, and say another $15m more already owed for the OL order which was supposed to be completed...
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    Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial | Boston Common | Downtown

    I mean... There's definitely precedent for a memorial to have an terrible first impression but then come to be seen as something remarkable: the Vietnam Memorial in DC was the subject of considerable controversy at the time of it's unveiling but now is one of America's favorite pieces of...
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    MassDOT Rail: Springfield Hub (East-West, NNERI, Berkshires, CT-Valley-VT-Quebec)

    The Northern Tier Passenger Rail study continues to advance with a pair of alternatives recently being discussed. MassDOT hasn't updated the site with the new presentation yet, but reports indicate that neither makes substantial changes to the physical alignment, and both with 5 daily trains...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    I don't think the T/keolis can operate any of the proposed longer distance services? Unlike the Cape Flyer which is entirely on state owned rails, any sort of East-West, Northern Tier etc service would be forced to work with the freight RR who own and control the track, and since the T doesn't...
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    General MBTA Topics (Multi Modal, Budget, MassDOT)

    So... The Legislature (Joint Committee on Transportation) recently published a report on the T's safety practices, and their oversight thereof, and contained within as one of several floated reform proposals from one of the chairs is the idea of breaking up the T- The T would retain rapid...
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    Cape Cod Rail, Bridges and Highways

    Given Woods Hole area residents' perennial complaints regarding ferry induced traffic, (and by extension Falmouth residents) would it be at all likely that they would be less NIMBY-y towards reactivation, especially in full even through non-formally landbanked portions if it meant that it would...
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    I-90 Interchange Improvement Project & West Station | Allston

    I don't dispute any of the myriad concerns regarding the street grid, but wouldn't the Worcester Mainline CR express track as shown at the southern limit resolve that particular concern? (Certainly it's needlessly taking up space and could probably go away if West Station were better aligned...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Having listened to the meeting live, I think there may be a parsing error - because the T is only ED taking the Cold Storage and Food Mart Parcels, (in Yellow) there remains the Widett Circle roadway RoW itself, and a BPDA parcel, which are owned by the city and not part of this taking. - I...
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    MBTA Commuter Rail (Operations, Keolis, & Short Term)

    Big deal: The MBTA board voted today to make an eminent domain taking for the Widett circle sites. Notably not including City owned parcels and roads, but that wouldn't be much of an obstacle, design not finalized pending actual acquisition.
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    MBTA Bus & BRT

    Here's a tweet I saw yesterday - they're apparently running them in revenue service at least on SL2, but honestly if a non-ER works right now in winter during the most demanding service cycle? Not too shabby, and probably much better than maintaining the Neoplan dual mode unicorns.
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    Unbuilt Highways in Massachusetts

    Those new markings in the Concord rotary definitely help with clarity and safety, if not congestion - annectodally, accidents have noticably declined. Also, since we're discussing it: here were the 2 final alternatives from the 2008 effort, with Alternative 5 I think being preferred at the time...
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    Unbuilt Highways in Massachusetts

    Never say never - I do think the intersections will eventually get zapped one by one after the rotary is gone - they did rebuild Cosby corner after all.
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    Vent building 8

    There was a post about them a couple of months ago in the General infrastructure thread, and while I can't answer the question about the alignment generally, at least 2 others were aligned to the street and hidden by other construction - Vent 3 in the intercontinental and 4 by the Public Market...
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    Vent building 8

    Specifically, thats a craneway known as a "monorail door." Monorail in this case is a specific type of overhead crane - most industrial overhead cranes, bridge and girder, facilitate full translational movement in 2 dimensions, X and Y with the hoist lift representing Z. Monorail cranes don't...

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